Jackson Leflar, left, and Paula Leflar, both of Clinton Township, talk over the flavor choices with Michael and Emily Broadbridge at Emily and Michael’s Happy Day Lemonade stand June 1. The Broadbridges served up lemonade with proceeds benefiting MISD’s Homeless Education Project.

Jackson Leflar, left, and Paula Leflar, both of Clinton Township, talk over the flavor choices with Michael and Emily Broadbridge at Emily and Michael’s Happy Day Lemonade stand June 1. The Broadbridges served up lemonade with proceeds benefiting MISD’s Homeless Education Project.

Photo by Brandy Baker


Macomb Township siblings raise estimated $12,000 for homeless project

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 12, 2019

 Khloe Hardy, of Clinton Township, enjoys a glass of lemonade. The Broadbridge siblings raised over an estimated $12,000.

Khloe Hardy, of Clinton Township, enjoys a glass of lemonade. The Broadbridge siblings raised over an estimated $12,000.

Photo by Brandy Baker

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — What began as a small lemonade stand is now a popular place to unite the community.

A June 1 lemonade sale marked the ninth year that Emily Broadbridge, of Macomb Township, has been involved in National Lemonade Day.

Despite stormy weather for parts of the sale, it’s estimated that over $12,000 was raised. That figure includes online donations. Last year, nearly $11,000 was raised.

Founded by Broadbridge, now 13, the lemonade stand has contributed money to various organizations with the focus this year on supporting children through the Homeless Education Project.

The project, operated by the Macomb Intermediate School District, or MISD, is in cooperation with local Macomb County school districts, allowing the MISD to assist parents and their families while they are temporarily between homes. Students are provided school supplies, backpacks, clothing and shoes to help them succeed in school.

Since 2011, the event has raised over $33,000. This year, 166 cups of lemonade were distributed.

After Broadbridge’s brother, Michael Broadbridge, joined in 2016, the event name changed to Emily and Michael’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand.

Emily is an eighth grader at Wyandot Middle School. Michael is a third grader at Cherokee Elementary.

The lemonade stand began when the siblings’ father, Kurt, learned about the nationwide entrepreneurship program through a radio show. Emily sold just more than $60 in her first year.

“With the money we raise, we help provide transportation, clothing and school supplies to kids our age in need to help fit in at school and have a great learning experience,” Emily said. “Our goal is always to help as many children as we can with the money we raise. We know how hard it can be at school.”

Lemonade Day is an experiential program that teaches youths how to start, own and operate their very own business — a lemonade stand.

“It’s awesome to see that kids understand the importance of giving back and that everybody can make a difference if we focus on working on a goal,” Kurt said.

What Emily looks forward to each year with the lemonade stand is knowing that local students will be positively impacted. She said what adults can learn from her and Michael is that everyone needs help every now and then, and giving back is something everyone should do.

Kurt said adults can learn that despite the busy times we live in, it’s important to step back and see how people can give back.

“We’re all in this together and we all have something to offer to one another,” he said.

All expenses for the annual event are covered by the Broadbridge family, enabling Emily and Michael to donate 100% of the proceeds.

“We have an opportunity to help others and put smiles on the faces of many children,” Emily said. “If we all work toward the same goal, we can make a huge difference in the world.”

Kurt said there are about 1,500 homeless students in Macomb County.

“That doesn’t mean they’re on the street,” he said. “Maybe they’re living in motels, so they have different needs, and it’s hard to fit in.”

Online donations will be accepted through the end of the month at rally.org/happydaylemonade.

“The people that contribute to supporting our kids, to supporting this program, I never get tired of saying thank you,” Kurt said. “We had no idea this would grow to the size it is today.”

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