Walnut Grove sisters Kate and Holly Horngren-Rhodes set up a lemonade stand, exchanging the thirst-quencher for a donation of warm clothing for the homeless.

Walnut Grove sisters Kate and Holly Horngren-Rhodes set up a lemonade stand, exchanging the thirst-quencher for a donation of warm clothing for the homeless.

A different kind of lemonade stand for Langley sisters

Walnut Grove girls offer lemonade in exchange for clothing for homeless

Two Walnut Grove youngsters have learned to make lemonade with a twist.

When Holly and Kate Horngren-Rhodes asked their mother if they could set up a lemonade stand in their neighbourhood, she wondered just how much work it would take, as she had dozens of chores she needed to tackle during the week.

When her older daughter, Kate, said that she didn’t want to keep the proceeds, it was easy to give her consent.

“I want people to bring their old jackets so I can give them to the homeless,” Kate told her mother.

“If she had wanted to buy a skateboard or an iPod, that would have been one thing, but a kind and generous heart – how could I put it off for another week?” her mother said.

Kate apparently had put some thought into this, too, letting her mother know that this would not be a one-day only event, because people would return to the lemonade stand with the clothes they wanted to donate.

A kind Walnut Grove resident heard about Kate’s idea and offered to help by giving Kate and her older sister, Holly, a location which provided more exposure than the cul-de-sac where the family lives.

In two days, the sisters made lemonade and rallied passersby to support helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Together, the sisters collected two boxes and two large bags of coats and an abundant supply of new socks, scarves, gloves and toques.

The girls will take the clothes to homeless people at the beginning of winter.