Emma Fox is a little girl with a big heart because she is trying to make homeless people’s lives a little easier.
The eight-year-old Newport News girl and her friend, Mila Wise, 10, regularly raise money for the homeless with lemonade stands. The compassionate youth use the money raised to provide gift bags filled with snacks, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and cards that read, “Someone cares about you.”
Fox said she has long been concerned about homeless people. From her front yard, she can see St. Stephen Episcopal Church. When she saw homeless people coming to the church for their weeklong shelter ministry called PORT (People Organizing Resources Together), she wanted to help.
“I found out they had 72 people come. I didn’t know there were that many homeless people in Newport News,” said the Kiln Creek Elementary School student.
The first time they had a lemonade stand, they raised $20, then $60 the second time.
Next, they plan on raising money to purchase doughnuts to give to area fire stations, police stations and hospitals.
Their next lemonade stand will be Friday at noon, at her residence at 106 Booth Rd. in the Hidenwood neighborhood. Any donation will be appreciated. The lemonade stands will continue every other Friday most of the summer.