Under a tent on South Grove St. and behind handmade signs, three young girls are stepping up to help the family who lost their home because of an explosion on Thursday afternoon.
Nine year old Jeslyn, and her friends, 8-year-old Madison, and Emaleigh, opened an iced tea stand on Saturday in which all the proceeds would go to the family.
"I wanted to help them,” said Jeslyn.
One of the victims, a 7 year old, is a classmate at Northeast Elementary School.
"We thought it would be a good idea," said Madison.
Business was booming, at $1 a cup, the girls earned $25.33 by the time Eyewitness News reporter Eva Zymaris spoke to them and residents were still lined up for the worthy cause.
Vernon residents, Mark and Cindy Landrie were two of the girls’ customers, said they were devastated by the news of the house explosion on East St, but thankful the community is there to offer support.
"If I was in that situation, I would hope someone would do that for me," said Cindy.
The girls plan to continue their efforts to collect money for the family on Sunday afternoon and until school starts.
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