Nova Scotia

Girls open lemonade stand for Glace Bay food bank

When the Glace Bay Food Bank garden was vandalized three weeks ago, two little girls decided they wanted to do their part and pitch in.

The two best friends want to 'help the kids have food for lunch'

Grade 4 students Caileigh Currie and Gabrielle MacNeil raised over $250 to help the Glace Bay Food Bank. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

When the Glace Bay Food Bank garden was vandalized three weeks ago, two little girls decided they wanted to do their part and pitch in.

Best friends Caileigh Currie and Gabrielle MacNeil started a lemonade stand, selling juice for a dollar, to help the food bank prepare for the school year.

"We want to help the kids have food for lunch, so we decided to donate the money to the food bank and get snacks for the kids for lunch," said nine-year-old Currie.

The girls, who are in Grade 4, have so far raised over $250 for the food bank.

"We bought Wagon Wheels and some Kraft Dinner Cups because school is coming up and they don't have many lunches," said MacNeil, 8.

This photo shows part of the damaged portion of the Glace Bay Food Bank's vegetable garden. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

Garden vandalism

Earlier this month, someone threw fuel over a big chunk of the food bank's garden, which provided fresh, healthy food for clients. Much of the garden and its produce was destroyed, and the soil was left contaminated.

But the act of vandalism inspired community members to step up and help rebuild, while cash and food donations poured in from across the Maritimes.

Ruth Martell, a volunteer at the food bank, says everyone was overwhelmed by the young girls' act of kindness.

"It really touches us to know it's coming from the grassroots of children and that they understand there's a need out there," she said.

Proud parents

Carrie MacNeil says seeing her daughter and her friend spending their summer helping people in need made her want to step up and do more to help the community herself.

"It makes me feel great that we raised such thoughtful, caring children, and I'm hoping they will be an example for other kids — or adults," she said.

With files from Gary Mansfield

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