When the Hawaii Foodbank announced last week that its Oahu warehouse had less than 10 days worth of food, a 7-year-old girl went to work.
Azariah Blancaflor decided to set up a lemonade stand at Fort Ruger Park near Diamond Head to raise money and collect food donations.
“I told my whole school in the announcement place, like all the speakers in the classrooms, and then I was giving out fliers to teachers, and everybody was like yay! They were screaming and I didn’t even know, and they said, ‘Azzie for governor,'” she said.
With assistance from friends and family, Blancaflor sold more than 100 cups of lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and mango iced tea, along with snacks and cookies that her grandmother made in exchange for canned foods or monetary donations to Hawaii Foodbank.
She brought her donation to the Foodbank Wednesday, which included 45 pounds of rice, six cases of Vienna sausage, 40 cups of instant noodles, and $600.
“I feel happy, because I give food to people who don’t have food or that need more food to survive, and I think that it’s good to do that,” Blancaflor said. “It’s great to do, and I want to encourage (others) to do it, because it’s terrific to do something for other people, even if you don’t know them.”
In return, the Hawaii Foodbank presented Blancaflor with a certificate of appreciation for making a difference in the community.