Lemons to Lemonade, Help for Tsunami Victims

A 10-year-old Miami Beach fourth grader wanted to do something to help the child victims of the tsunami, but when she applied for a permit to sell lemonade in her front yard, Miami Beach officials said no.

So Monday, 10-year-old Caroline Lipsick was invited by Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher to set up her stand in the rotunda of the state Capitol.

The lemonade business was brisk in the state Capitol for Miami Beach fourth grader Carolyn Lipsick on Monday.

Carolyn had wanted to sell lemonade from her front yard. Miami Beach officials said "no.”

"I couldn’t believe my ears, and I couldn’t believe what they said."

The denial caught the attention of the state’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher. His staff volunteered to bake cookies and arranged for a stand to be set up in the Capitol rotunda where state employees lined up.

Even Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in on the absurdity of the denial.

"It’s the death of common sense. Children ought to be able to sell lemonade, it’s kind of part of American tradition."

Listening to 10-year-old Carolyn talk about her motivation is an inspiration for all.

”It’s good to think of yourself sometimes, but it’s also good to think of other people and their culture. Even how they live. You can’t just think of yourself, you have to think of other people."

Carolyn got this idea by checking a website, but selling lemonade isn’t the only thing she considered.

“Any kind of stand except for candy.”

Why not candy?

Too sweet."

And in just about three hours Carolyn raised $500, proving that even a 10-year-old can fight City Hall.

All of the money raised will go to UNICEF for Tsunami victims and Carolyn will get to sell her lemonade in Miami Beach Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center at 41st and Pine Tree Drive.