Take a Stand

Vivienne Harr wants to make the world a better place for all kids. She sells lemonade to help children around the world.
February 04, 2014

Every bottle sold helps kids, says Vivienne.

When Vivienne Harr was 8 years old, she saw a photo she says she will never forget. It was an image of two young boys carrying large, heavy rocks on their backs. These children were the same age as Vivienne. But they did not have the same freedom and opportunities.

In some parts of the world, children are forced to work long hard days. They earn little or no pay. Many are treated as slaves. They do not go to school. Vivienne wanted to change this. "I want all kids to be able to play," Vivienne, now 10, told TFK. "I want them to be happy."

Vivienne Harr keeps track on a chalkboard of the days she has worked.

Vivienne Harr keeps track on a chalkboard of the days she has worked.

A Sweet Solution

To help raise money for children like the two boys in the photo, Vivienne started a lemonade stand near her home in Marin County, California. She promised to work every day for a year, rain or shine. "Sometimes, it was hard for me, when the weather was bad or I wasn't feeling well," Vivienne says. "But I knew that other kids were having a harder time than I was at that very moment."

Vivienne aimed to raise $100,000 in 365 days. On day 175, she passed her goal. But that didn't stop Vivienne from working. With her family, she started Make a Stand, Inc. The company now bottles Vivienne's lemonade and sells it in 130 stores around the country. A small percentage of sales goes to support Vivienne's dream of making the world a better place for all children.

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