When 9-year-old Scarlett Reust and 10-year-old Addyson Elliott of Commerce City, Colorado, heard about a local tragedy, they wanted to do something to help.
The community rallied to support the grieving family he left behind, and Scarlett put herself in his children’s shoes.
“What if that was my dad?” she wondered. “He had kids, like, what if that was my dad?”
Scarlett and Addyson decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the family through the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.
“As people from across Colorado paid their respects to fallen Arvada Police Department, Colorado Officer Gordon Beesley, Addyson and Scarlett sold lemonade in a park in Commerce City,” the Facebook page for Colorado’s 17th Judicial District Attorney shared.
“They are donating the proceeds to the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation to assist Officer Beesley’s family.
“The girls have raised more than $1,500, and they plan to deliver the final amount to the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation this week.
“The District Attorney’s Office visited the lemonade stand today, and our staff chipped in to help the girls reach their goal. We are so glad that Addyson and Scarlett live in our area. They are shining examples for our Adams County community and beyond.”
Scarlett’s mother, Ashley Conn, said that the whole fundraising effort was a beautiful way to see how much the entire community cared.
“It really just touches the community, the law enforcement community, when people want to give back to them,” Conn said. “I mean it’s $2,000, but it was the meaning behind it.”
“We appreciate you all visiting Addyson and Scarlett this morning,” Kim Elliot Morgan, Addyson’s mother, wrote on the district attorney’s post. “Thank you for all you do to make a difference! We are so proud of Addyson and Scarlett for wanting to make a difference. Our hearts goes out to the Beesley family.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of our girls!” Ashley Conn added. “They’ll never forget when ‘The Good Guys’ visited their lemonade stand!
“Thank you so much for visiting them and sharing your kind words, you all made positive memories for them that will last forever. Scarlett and Addyson will always remember your generosity and kindness in helping them surpass their giving goals for The Beesley Family.
“Thank you for your incredible service to our community. We are so so grateful.”
When the girls hand-delivered their hard-earned cash to the chief of police, there were a few officers present who got a bit misty-eyed, according to Conn.
“Unfortunately, one of their brothers died,” she said. “So they’re all broken right now.
“And the fact that the girls did something nice really, like, warmed them up inside.”
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