All It Takes Is Lemonade!
--by beastly, posted Jul 16, 2007
Take our lemonade stand, in the heart of New York City. Spontaneously decided over coffee one day, and six days later, five of us were at Central Park at 5PM, handing out "free lemonade" to all passerby's who wanted it! "Why are you doing this?" "Just because." "Is it really free?" "Yes. Spread the joy, pay it forward." "Can I take some more smile cards?" "Absolutely." "I'd like to help you give out lemonade." "Sure thing."
We collected 250 smiles and were out of lemonade in all but ONE hour! The box of 1000 Smile Cards that we started with was down to 200, thanks to everyone. =)
About 5 minutes after we started, 2 people just started helping us out of the blue saying, ‘If we take one, we must help with at least 10’. So, we had new friends in no time!
There was a family that came from Australia 2 days ago (the son had his face painted as an American flag). After they got their lemonade, the entire family sat about 10 feet away from us for half an hour while the 3 kids sat there explaining to each other how to use smile cards.
This one dude could not understand how it was free. He kept asking, ‘How much it cost?’ And then when he finally got it, he said, 'You are my brother!' Then he had a taste and said ‘this tastes bad' and walked away. :)
On one side of the walkway was our booth, and on the other was Gandhi’s quote -- You must be the change you wish to see in the world -- which MANY people read and pondered. We decided to leave the sign up as we left the park.
One of the first people to come by asked if we had heard about a recent kindness outbreak in Japan where people are randomly finding $80 envelopes public bathrooms!
A woman -- who seemed to be on drugs -- came by, borrowed on of the volunteers cell phones, called up various friends to tell 'em about it. :)
Kids brought parents because they wanted the lemonade, the parents were interested because of the smile card poster and practically everyone LOVED the idea. Many people took extra smile cards.
LOTS of people wanted to take pictures of us. A couple people waited 20 minutes for the right shot!
About 20ft away from a street magician was doing his act; he took time out for a lemonade break in between performances. :)
We met people from all over the world, folks left and came back with others. We needed to explain the concept a lot because apparently, it was SOOOO foreign! Some folks had a hard time believing it.
Majority of passerby's LOVED the kindness idea and didn't even bother with the lemonade. People just lit up, you could see it on their faces, like we showed them a new way to be.
We're going to do it again next Saturday too! :)
You can truely find new ways to make people happy.
there are hardly a few people who do good to others without expecting anything in
keep doing GOD BLESS U