Family Focus

Sweet benefits for foster families popping up across Charlotte

Dozens of lemonade stands are popping up across the Charlotte area to raise support for foster families.

The nonprofit organization, Foster Village Charlotte, created lemonade stand kits for kids.

In honor of its third birthday, Foster Village Charlotte is enlisting the help of kids and families across our region to help raise funds and awareness this summer by hosting a lemonade stand in their neighborhood this July and August.

The idea came from a young supporter who donated money from her lemonade stand to Foster Village Charlotte.

80 families have signed up and Foster Village Charlotte met their goal of taking in $5,000 in one week.

This weekend, one young foster kid and his foster family set up shop outside of Charlotte Fire Department Station No. 7.

Foster Village Charlotte creates a village of support for our local children in foster care and those caring for them by meeting urgent needs, providing support to stabilize foster homes, and advocating for lasting change in the child welfare process.

The lemonade stand kits come with cups, t-shirts, a business plan and a lot of information about foster care.

The lemonade stand fundraiser continues for the next two weeks.

Donations cover the cost of the welcome kits — that’s five days of clothes and supplies for families whenever a new foster child enters their home.

When they arrive at a foster home, they usually come empty-handed and with little notice.

Foster Village Charlotte shows up on doorsteps within 24 hours, providing welcome packs to help families give their new foster child essential items, so the families can remain fully present with a child adjusting to transitions and unknowns instead of running to stores to grab basic supplies.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at

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