Virginia Kids Raise Hundreds For Fire Victims

By KBJR News 1

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Community members in Virginia have joined together to support the three families who've been displaced after a fire tore through several homes and garages late Monday.

A group of neighborhood kids has raised more than $1,200 in donations in just two days.

The aftermath of Monday night's fire has left three houses, six garages, four cars and one shed on the 800 block of 12th street North in shambles.

Curiosity and the desire to help support the three displaced families has increased the neighborhood traffic.

"I told her we should stand on either end of the road to accept donations because people are going to want to come and look," Tina Prokosch, a neighborhood resident said. "And then I said we should send the boys in the alley because they were coming in the street up the alley."

Since Wednesday, five neighborhood kids have been offering neighbors lemonade from their stand free of charge.

"We wanted to help the families out and show that we care and we wanted to help because they lost a lot of stuff and we just wanted to help them," 15-year old Brooke Blaisdell said.

It didn't take long for Virginia residents to catch wind of the fundraiser.

Several people stopped at the stand to offer support and ice, even the local McDonald's gave a donation.

On the first day of the lemonade stand, the group went through thirty frozen 1–quart containers of lemonade.

"It's been very busy, nonstop–customers," Blaisdell said.

Neighborhood residents say they don't think the high heat index has anything to do with the amount of money that's been donated.

"I think people are just very generous where we live," Jennifer Blaisdell, Brooke's mother said. "The community is incredible. I mean the support that we've seen is amazing."

And its not just Virginia residents who've offered their support.

Pamela Bond does yard work in the area and says she couldn't help but donate her money to a good cause.

"It's nice to see, being out here in the heat and everything and helping out their neighborhood like that," Bond said. "That's really nice."

Once the kids are done collecting, they plan to split the total donation between the three families and present each with a check.

The kids plan to continue collecting money at their stand all day Friday.

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch
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