Theresa Ann and her “Love with Lemons” lemonade stand visited the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office July 12.
Six-year-old Theresa Ann is from Baton Rouge, LA and has been traveling around the country since she was 4 years old, selling lemonade to support fallen officers and K-9 programs. Last year, she raised $5,154.00 during her summer trip through California and so far this year she has collected more then $2100 with the help of many Texas communities.
Her parents say it all started when she saw a lemonade stand on The Disney Channel and wanted to turn it into something bigger. Her parents said ‘no’ because they didn’t believe there was enough traffic on their street.
In July 2016, six Baton Rouge police officers were shot in the wake of the police-involved shooting of a suspect. Theresa Ann’s parents decided enough was enough and they needed to show their appreciation for those and all wounded officers. They asked her if they allowed her to sell lemonade, would she consider giving it to police officers for free; she immediately said ‘yes’ and the rest is history.
The family turned her love for lemonade into a teachable moment and on her birthday, they showed her that it is better to give than receive; she agreed to give up her day and the money she raised for the police K-9 doggies. The family’s goal is to have fun and give at same time. Their plan is to do one stand a month to help theirs and other communities, one cup at a time.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office employees were joined by County Commissioners, Hutto Police and K-9 Officers, many members of the public, and even County Judge Bill Gravell who posted live video on Facebook.
All the proceeds from the lemonade stand go to the Injured Police Officers Fund.