Sep 06, 2019 08:19PM
● By Arianne Brown
Like many girls her age, 7-year-old Pari Sarkar thought it might be fun to have a lemonade stand. So, on a warm summer day in July, with the help of her mother, young Pari set up a stand near the street outside her home.
Unlike many girls her age, however, Pari didn’t plan on spending the money earned on candy, toys or even save it for herself. She wanted to donate all she had earned to the Springville Police Department.
“At school, Pari had learned about everyday heroes, and a police officer visited,” Pari’s mother, Pritha Lal said. “She was so inspired by these everyday heroes, that she decided that she wanted to raise money to give back to them.”
Pritha Lal put a post out to friends and family about the lemonade stand that would take place on July 4, explaining where the proceeds would be going, and the community responded.
“Our first customer was Officer Willardson, and then Officers Aston and Stanton stopped by,” Pritha Lal said. “One of Pari’s teachers came, and we had many friends and neighbors give several dollars for a cup of lemonade.”
Little Pari’s efforts raised $113 in total, saving $10 to buy her parents a gift, and the rest she brought to the police department. When she arrived, none other than Police Chief Craig Martinez was there to greet her, and even asked to take a selfie with her. In a Facebook post, the police department wrote in part, “... [We’re] not sure what's more impressive, the support [Pari] has for us at such a young age or that she made over $113 at said stand. Thank you, Pari!”
Pari told Serve Daily that doing this made her feel happy.
“I felt very happy because giving something away can make you happy,” Pari said.
The 7-year-old did not leave empty-handed, however. Along with her full heart, the officers sent her home with two Springville Police Badges that her mom says she will cherish forever. (Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.)
Photo: Taking selfie with Chief Craig Martinez