Olivia Lambert is an 8-year-old Leominster girl who, with the help of friends and family, is running a successful lemonade and cookies stand in front of her home to raise money for her own special needs dog.
According to WHDH, Olivia has autism, and she set the stand up to help raise money for a therapy dog who can help her cope during rough times:
“People have been giving me like dollars and they say no change to give back.” she said. Lemonade and cookies are usually 25 cents each.
When word got out that she needed help, Leominster’s bravest knew they had to step in. More than a dozen firefighters lined up and traded in their dollars for the fresh squeezed treat and a cookie or two.
“As firefighters, anything we can do to help, especially children…it warms our heart to help her,” said Leominster Fire Department Scott LaPrade.
They handed over 20 and 100-dollar bills not to pay for lemonade, but to pay for a chance to make this girl smile.
Thanks to them and others in the neighborhood who stopped by, she’s one step closer to getting her new dog, but she still has a long way to go.
While sales are wrapping up for now, the young entrepreneur is already making plans to set up shop later this week.
You can watch the local NBC affiliate report below: