HOOPESTON –Three summers ago, 7-year-old Haley Tyrell of Hoopeston stopped by a lemonade stand in Champaign with her mother.
When Haley asked the young vendors what they were going to do with the money they raised, they said they planned to divide it up and keep it.
After they left, Haley suggested to her mother that she'd like to have a lemonade stand in Hoopeston.
And Haley suggested that rather than keeping it, she'd like to give the money to the nursing home.
Now, Haley is 9, and the Third Annual Lemonade Stand is scheduled for Friday.
The goal is to raise money to go toward the purchase of a van to be used by the seniors at the Hoopeston Regional Health Center Nursing Home and the Country Terrace senior apartment complex.
The lemonade stands will be up from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Hoopeston Regional Health Center on East Orange Street (Illinois 9), Price Less Foods at 317 South Market St. and Russell Leigh & Associates on the northwest corner of North Market and East Main streets.
Haley is hoping for $900 this year, she said, and will be happy if it exceeds that goal.
"I just want close to a $1,000," Haley said.
Haley's mother, Eileen Tyrell, said that when Haley first proposed having the lemonade stand, she suggested her daughter have it in front of the hospital so more people would see it and she'd likely get more customers.
Haley made a request to the chief financial officer of the Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital, who happened to be her father – Larry Tyrell. She received permission and the plan mushroomed.
The first Lemonade Stand raised $386, said Eileen Tyrell. These funds went toward the Garden of Life project for the Hoopeston Nursing Home. Haley, her brother, Will, and about seven hospital employees' children volunteered for the first lemonade stand, Haley said.
The second year's Lemonade Stand was more organized with the help of Pat Bailey, Tanya McVicker and Eileen Tyrell. Twenty-four children volunteered and raised more than $800 that went toward the purchase of benches for the Garden of Life.
Haley said she feels great about raising money for the nursing home.
"I'm doing a good thing," she said.
"Since my family and I are Catholic, I think Jesus is proud of me."