When Helen and Philip Martin’s 12-year-old granddaughter Elsa Alexander wanted to do a lemonade stand for National Lemonade Day, the couple immediately thought of the empty shelves at St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
“We saw in the paper it was in trouble,” said Helen.
Helen and her husband told Elsa about the food shortage and she immediately wanted to help.
Elsa agreed to use the money she raised at the lemonade stand for the food bank.
The Martins have run Jot Mini Storage on South McLane near the Humane Society since 1997. They know many people in Payson go hungry every day.
Elsa sold lemonade for 50 cents a cup. More than 100 people enjoyed her refreshing drink helping her raise $90.28. The Martins’ business matched the funds Elsa raised to give the food bank almost $200.
“One couple didn’t look like they owned two pennies to rub between their fingers,” said Helen. “But they lined up four quarters on the fence post to buy two cups and said, ‘You folks have helped us so many times, we will help now,’” said Helen.
On top of the money the couple and their granddaughter raised, the family purchased over $200 of canned goods for the food bank.
Helen praised the generous people of Payson for their support.
“The people in this town are wonderful,” she said.