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Turning lemons to lemonade: Kelowna family overwhelmed by goodwill when community replaces children's lemonade stand

These Sipsters have a new lemonade stand thanks to some generous community support.
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Chantal Tetreau’s two girls were excitedly getting settled in their new Kelowna neighbourhood just before Mother’s Day when a sweet gesture took a troublesome turn.

“My oldest, on her own, collected lilacs, bundled them up, and wrote ‘free’ on the chalkboard next to a picture of a flower,” Tetreau said.

The flowers were placed on an adjacent table where they’d had an iced tea sale the day before, and a bunch of pool noodles was tucked into the chalkboard bearing the message.

The family went on with the day, and the stand was left out until the evening when they decided to bring it inside.

That’s when Tetreau realized everything had been taken and the sign that said “free” had probably been misinterpreted.

Everything was gone.

“It was a super honest mistake,” she said.

“The girls (ages 8 and 5) were sad, they didn’t know why anyone would take it, but I explained people do put furniture on the side of the road to give away.”

In hopes she could rectify the mistake, Tetreau put a post on Facebook asking for the return of the items but it was to no avail.

Instead, however, something better bloomed.

The community came out in force, offering pool noodles, an easel and a table.

“It was so incredible,” she said.

Then she got a message from a man named Chris Stanley who offered to make a new lemonade stand. In the time that passed, he asked if they wanted to name it and the family was able to turn a bit of a bummer summer moment into something great.

They now have a "Sipsters" stand and they couldn't be happier. The creation clearly took a lot of skill and time and the Tetreau was blown away by it all.

“My heart is exploding with gratitude. (And the girls) love it,” she said. “They just want this rain to scram so we can get out there and sell some lemonade.”

In their old neighbourhood they used to have lemonade stands and raise money for the community and they plan to do it again — this time they have their sights set on helping the SPCA.

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