Making lemonade: Lemonade Bros raising funds for Riley Hospital for Children

Mike Wolanin | The Republic The Lemonade Bros. Jacob, left, and Jonathan Jones fill a lemonade order at their stand outside the Walmart on Merchant Mile in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, July 5, 2023. The Lemonade Bros. partnered with Walmart to help raise money for their fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.

A couple of young entrepreneurs are helping raise funds for a children’s hospital.

Tammy Wyrick, who works in human resources at the westside Walmart, said that the Lemonade Bros are helping with the store’s fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children through Children Miracle Network Hospitals. The lemonade stand is donating 50% of its sales to the cause, according to a social media post from the Lemonade Bros.

The Lemonade Bros will be at the store, which is located at 2025 Merchant Mile, every other day from 2-6 p.m. from now until July 14, said Wyrick. Lemonade is $2 per cup. According to Corneshia Freeman, mother of the “bros”, the stand had raised nearly $750, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Additionally, the Lemonade Bros and their friends have also organized a “Cars for a Cause” car show, which will benefit the fundraiser for Riley and take place at the Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, said Wyrick. The entry fee is $10, and there will also be food and a silent auction.

The family said in a previous interview that their kids including Jacob Jones, 6, and Johnathan “Junior” Jones, 8 started the lemonade stand a way to earn money for things they wanted to buy, back when they still lived in Georgia.

“They actually enjoyed it,” Freeman said. “It was the whole ideal of becoming entrepreneurs, it was the whole ideal of making their own money. And they enjoyed making their own money. But when we got here, I wanted to switch it up a little bit. I didn’t want them to think that it was all about just making money and just getting things.”

So, as a way to give back to the community, the Lemonade Bros use a portion of their profits to help different causes.

For the complete story and more photos, see Friday’s Republic.

If you go

What: The Lemonade Bros’ Cars for a Cause

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with registration at 9 a.m.

Where: Walmart, 2025 Merchant Mile, Columbus.

Entry fee: $10

Additional information: There will be prizes for Best Classic, Best Modern, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle and Best in Show. The event will also include food and a silent auction.