Addie's Lemonade

Addie Patterson, standing at far right, staffs her Addie's Lemonade stand on Saturday with the help of her little sister, Avery, and her best friend, Trinity Cornell. The stand along Richmond Avenue across from Bagelfest at Peterson Park raised money for Pets for Vets.

MATTOON -- Eight-year-old Addie Patterson set up a lemonade stand Thursday through Saturday across from Bagelfest at Peterson Park to raise money for Pets for Vets.

Addie and her team of helpers sold lemonade, frozen treats, bottled water, and homemade fans on her front lawn along the north side of Richmond Avenue, near Peterson Park's stone wall.

"Well, as we wrap up Addie’s lemonade stand, she is happy to say she reached her goal of $300 for Pets for Vets," her mother, Alex Patterson, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. "Thanks to all who came out and got lemonade or even just donated. Addie is so excited to donate the proceeds to Pets for Vets. Now we head to Bagelfest to celebrate."

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Addie said on Saturday that she got the idea for the stand from seeing other children sell lemonade to raise money for charities. She said her father, Andrew Patterson, built her "Addie's Lemonade" stand out of lumber.

The 8-year-old Addie said her father also researched charities to help, and then she and her whole family went over the list.

"All of us picked Pets for Vets," Addie said, adding she likes that that this charity gives dogs to veterans in need. Her mother added that, "They rescue dogs from the shelter and then they train them to be emotional support dogs for veterans."

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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