8-year-old raises money to help care for the homeless

Laila Robertson, daughter of Cortney and Gregory Robertson, are proud of their daughter.

Faced with a decision to adopt an activity for the summer, she decided she wanted to run a lemonade stand and give the proceeds to the American Rescue Workers.

Her goal was to help house the homeless at their Saving Grace Shelter located at 324 Campbell St.

Her dedication was unwavering and she worked hard with her mother’s supervision to set up her stand at two baseball games and three farmers markets.

Once the public found out the purpose of her lemonade stand, they were very willing to pay for a glass of her Country Time lemonade.

Much to the surprise of everyone, Laila raised $503.50 and is seen here presenting her check to Col. Dawn Astin, co-commanding officer of the American Rescue Workers.

At a per diem rate of $16.35, Laila’s contribution will help to provide more than 30 individuals in a homeless crisis with lodging at Saving Grace Shelter.

In 2012, Saving Grace provided shelter for 450 participants – 100 of those were children ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 18 years of age.

That number doubled from 226 participants in 2011. Fifty of those participants were children.

The Robertson’s became aware of the city-counties homeless problem when they were introduced to Saving Grace Shelter through a 2010 Eagle Scout project by Aaron Weber.

Laila was one of the volunteers recruited to help remove old shrubbery and weeds and plant new shrubs.

Laila plans to help at the American Rescue Workers First Annual Fall Fest on Oct. 26, to be held on the lawn of the historic Park Home. This event will benefit Saving Grace Shelter.