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(Nearly) shut children’s lemonade stand given new venue

Local restaurant comes to the rescue of a fundraising lemonade stand.
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Eleanor Murphy, July 30, 2013 9:23:58 AM

On the whole, lemons have a bad rap. The word conjures up images of broken items, bitter aftertastes and sour expressions. Thankfully, in this news story, a local restaurant provided just the right amount of sugar to ensure a sweet ending.

For three years, Corbin Porter, a nine-year old autistic Oshawa boy and his two sisters have run a lemonade stand to raise money for SickKids Hospital. And each summer they’ve enjoyed a hassle-free sidewalk business. That is, until this year. Enter local villain, hell bent on shutting down the lemonade stand and all that it stood for (charity and goodwill).

According to Sun News, this Canada Day, a mean-spirited neighbour was so annoyed with the children shouting to attract the attention of passersby, she called the cops to shut down the enfantrepreneurs.

At first, Corbin’s mother, Dawn, was left feeling sick over her neighbour’s curmudgeonly behaviour but thanks to the GTA-wide outpouring of support for the little lemonade stand that could(n’t), the whole family has a renewed faith in humanity.

“Corbin has been so touched, he was almost in tears,” she said. “He’s received cards from people telling him he’s their hero.”

And now thanks to The Baton Rouge restaurant, Corbin and his sisters will be selling juice at their Whitby location on August 13th from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. with all proceeds benefitting the Hospital for Sick Children. Which just goes to show that one bad lemon apple does not always spoil the barrel.


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