When life gives you lemons, you can make much more than make lemonade, says Zack Francom.
The 11-year-old boy from Utah has several hundred liters of drinking water in Zack Shack, a philanthropic organization that has the lives of over 300 people who use wheelchairs need in the developing world changed.
Zack had the idea of ??a lemonade stand in the autumn of 2008, when the school held a fundraiser to purchase a wheelchair for LDS Philanthropies, a charitable organization of the Church of Jesus Christ.
"I decided I wanted enough to buy one to increase for me," says Zack.
"I thought, 'What if I do not walk, run or bike what would it be?" He says. "I wanted to help make life easier for someone who could not walk or run, and had no money for a wheelchair to help him to sustain life."
Since then – selling lemonade at 50 cents a cup and two cookies for $ 1 – Zack's Shack has become an annual event in his hometown of Provo, Utah. Hundreds of people standing in front of his house every year in April during spring break to help his charity.
"When people visit Zack lemonade are a good example of a little boy with a big heart," says Tanis Chung-Hoon, CEO of LDS Philanthropies.
"When the real fun they see at work, you realize immediately that he feels so happy and lucky as recipients wheelchair," he says. "Zack is a perfect example of how philanthropy changes the giver and receiver."
Last April, Zack sold 350 cookies from his mother, Nancy Vogel, and baked 80 liters of lemonade, earning $ 5,300 – enough to make a further 37 wheelchair (basic models cost now $ 143), the purchase will be sent to Guatemala, Guam and another 53 countries in a wheelchair can often cost more than the salary of a year.
"There was a lady in Guatemala, the 10 miles with her baby on her back, drawn to his wheelchair," says Vogel, 32, who spent several weeks helping his son make cookies for sale each year.
"What has made for a dramatic change in their lives," she says. "Stories like this are what keep Zack go."
He also has big dreams. He says he would like to start seeing other children similar efforts in other states.
"Imagine if there were hundreds of huts Zack," he says. "No one should have need a wheelchair to go without one because they can not afford."
And he would like to play a more active role themselves.
"My goal is to go to the world and eventually provide wheelchairs," he says.
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