Birthday boxes for Outreach

Published 10:52 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019

Local kids setting up lemonade stand next Friday, Aug. 23

TRYON—Local residents and visitors to Tryon’s 4th Friday can help a group of local students help others next week. 

A group of local children will host a lemonade stand to raise money and supplies for Thermal Belt Outreach. The children decided to build birthday boxes with their proceeds to stock in Outreach’s food pantry. 

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Each of the boxes will consist of a plastic box, a cake mix, a can of frosting, birthday candles, plates, a birthday banner and other small birthday surprises. 

The stand will be set up outside of A Taste of Olives and Grapes along Trade Street during the Tryon Downtown Development Association’s 4th Friday celebration, when local businesses stay open later. 

One of the local students helping with the stand was asked why they decided to donate birthday boxes. 

“We think every kid in Polk County should get to celebrate their birthday,” said Riley Gallagher. 

Addie Buss was asked why she wanted to donate to Outreach. 

“I love working with Thermal Belt in the summer and doing Feed-A-Kid,” Buss said. “It makes me happy to help other kids, and we wanted to do something to help kids all year long, not just in the summer. We love celebrating birthdays at our house and I want all kids to get to do the same. 

Those that are not able to come to the 4th Friday celebration next Friday can drop off donations at A Taste of Olives and Grapes prior to the event. 

Children from several local families will be running the stand throughout the evening.