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Monday, February 26, 2024

Young Philanthropist Hosts Lemonade Benefit


Young philanthropist, Abella Lawrence, 10, of Greenwood has not been detoured, even by the current epidemic, in carrying out a mission of love and compassion.

According to Lawrence’s mom, Rachel Shibley, her daughter wanted to reciprocate the love and compassion given to her loved one. “She chose a lemonade stand because she heard it was a good way to raise money,” shared Shibley. “Plus, it’s getting so warm outside, it’s a perfect way to cool down!”

Sadly, Lawrence experienced the feeling of loss and death in 2019 with the passing of her cousin, Katelyn Stephens, of Muldrow Oklahoma. Stephens was a patient at OU Children’s before she passed away in March of 2019. Shibley shared that “Abella wanted to raise money for the hospital since they did such a good job taking care of her.”

The young and determined girl was not about to let anything get in the way of carrying out the benefit. Working around COVID-19 restrictions, Lawrence used water bottles and lemonade packets.

Pictured from left: Abella Lawrence, Jackson Shibley, Addilynn Lawrence, and Hunterlyn Shibley

This act of generosity was highly contagious, as Lawrence’s family also caught the philanthropic fever. Those included her sister Addilynn Lawrence, 13, siblings Hunterlyn and Jackson Shibley, ages 7 and 3, her parents, Taylor and Rachel Shibley and Justin and Hillary Lawrence. Also, Kylie Black, 10, and parents Chris and Jessica Black, Kynzleigh Lawrence, 8, and parents Whitney and Robert Cluck and Justin and Hillary Lawrence. Lastly, a big helper, Debbie Condray, Adabella’s grandmother.

“I am so proud she wants to help others,” Lawrence’s mom stated. “Abella has always had a huge heart and always tries to find a way to help others! It is one of her favorite things to do!” 

Pictured from left, Abella Lawrence, Kylie Black, Addilynn Lawrence, Jackson Shibley, and Huntelryn Shibley

With the total sales, and contributions, Lawrences managed to raise $357.03. According to her mother, there are still more people donating via PayPal. If you would like to donate to Abella Lawrence’s benefit, you can send to Lawrence’s home address: 400 E Nashville Street, Greenwood or via PayPal: [email protected] 

“So many people in the community are willing to help and we are so grateful and proud to be part of such a caring community,” concluded Shibley.

Sisters Abella and Addilynn Lawrence
Young Greenwood philathropist hosts benefit lemonade sale.
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