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Reston Student Organizes Lemonade Stand to Support Separated Immigrant Families

by Fatimah Waseem July 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm 10 Comments

It’s no surprise lemonade stands manned by elementary or middle school students pop in the area in the summer. But one lemonade stand in Reston this weekend, operated by Emaan Rawn, 7, was a little different.

The second-grade student at Al-Fatih Academy in Reston raised $505 to help separated immigrant families. The stand is part of a national effort dubbed “Kids Take a Stand,” run through the activist group Lawyer Moms of America. Funds will be used to help reunify families separated at the border following the Trump administration’s since-reversed family separation policy. Although roughly 1,400 children have been reunited with their families, others remain in government custody. 

Rawn was inspired to put up a stand when she saw her mother reading a news story about families separated at the border. Wondering how she would respond and if she would be able to take care of her brother in a similar situation, Rawn explored the idea of sending children toys or video games to the children.

When her mother Mahwish Hamlani heard of the lemonade stand initiative, Rawn was excited about the idea. She set up a stand at the intersection of Autumn Crest Drive and West Ox Road on Saturday from 9-11 a.m.

Hamlani said the experience was humbling for her daughter, who is a third-generation immigrant. 

Her grandparents left their home countries amid political turmoil in pursuit of safety and stability. Her parents availed educational and career opportunities to give Emaan and her brother the financial security that they enjoy. Everyone deserves a chance at the American Dream – regardless of their religion or place of birth.”

Funds from lemonade stand sales will go to Project Corazon. Thus far, the initiative has raised more than $20,000.

Photos by Mahwish Hamlani

  • Mike M

    Liberals play their kids like pawns!

  • Joyce A

    Does anybody realize that Obama also separated parents from minor children? And nobody cared? When parents are arrested or detained, someone must take care of their minor children.

    Just another case of politicians and the media getting people all worked up to do their bidding.

    • Can Mr Lemonade read?

      The founder and CEO of a 30-year-old Texas non-profit group tasked with housing illegal immigrant children is being challenged by media outlets for allegedly taking a $1.5 million salary in 2016 (latest report available). The group’s revenue increased more than ten-fold since 2008 as the numbers of unaccompanied minors and separated families increased over the year.
      Southwest Key CEO and founder, Juan Sanchez, drew a salary of $1.5 million in 2016, according to a Fox News report. In addition to that, his wife, Jennifer, drew a $280,000 salary in 2015, the article states. She reportedly works as the non-profit’s vice president.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Key_Programs

  • Fact

    We are looking at less than 5000 incarcerated immigrant children vs hundreds of 1000s of children that are incarcerated because of their parents. Nobody cares.

    • I’d rather post as a guest

      There are not hundreds of 1000’s of children incarcerated because of their parents.

  • dubb

    how can any one person(s) try to turn this good intention deed into something bad. smh. good job kids and whomever supported this. #salute

    • Mike M

      Wrong. There are loads of real causes out there. This one is BS.

    • Scott

      No. It’s wrong to fill kids’ heads with misinformation and use them as pawns in some political game. The left is corrupt and it needs to be called out and held accountable. The road to hell is paved with good intentions dubb, but this is not just a misguided attempt at something good. This is a lie and indoctrination of children. It’s shameful.

  • READ I KHAN

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Key_Programs

    The founder and CEO of a 30-year-old Texas non-profit group tasked with housing illegal immigrant children is being challenged by media outlets for allegedly taking a $1.5 million salary in 2016 (latest report available). The group’s revenue increased more than ten-fold since 2008 as the numbers of unaccompanied minors and separated families increased over the year.
    Southwest Key CEO and founder, Juan Sanchez, drew a salary of $1.5 million in 2016, according to a Fox News report. In addition to that, his wife, Jennifer, drew a $280,000 salary in 2015, the article states. She reportedly works as the non-profit’s vice president.

  • M

    Children need their parents. Bless this family for helping other families in need.

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