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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!


In support of Child Abuse Awareness month in April, Logann Albrecht, the 7-year old daughter of Keith and Ashlee Albrecht, hosted a lemonade stand on Friday, April 16 using lemons from the family’s tree.

Sweet Logann knows the importance of helping foster youth. Her grandmother Kim has been a volunteer advocate at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Merced County for almost 10 years!

In addition to seeing the important work her Grandma Kim does, Logann’s teacher Mrs. Avila helped inspire her. The classroom discussed the different things the students could do to help others and who they would like to raise money for. The class of second graders also discussed the foster care system and the difficulties foster kids face.

2020 was a rough year for fundraising but Logann did an awesome job starting 2021 off on the right foot. Her goal was to raise $500 and she raised over $3911! A few days after Logann’s lemonade stand, two of her classmates Diana and Zoe followed her example, had another stand, and raised additional money.

As Logann said, “It is like I am their fundraiser!”

All proceeds from both lemonade stands was donated to CASA of Merced County.

Logann, along with her brother Benny, Mom, Grandma Kim, Cousin Marin McAuley and Aunt Shelly Harris delivered a check to CASA on April 21. Per Logann’s request, the funds she raised will go to help CASA youth with necessities and extracurricular activities.

CASA of Merced County advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and supportive home, CASA works through trained volunteers in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate in the Merced County Juvenile Court System.

For more information on CASA of Merced County, how you can become a volunteer or make a donation please go to their website or call 209-722-2272.

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