Kids Giving Back: Niceville girl raises more than $350 for Dog-Harmony


Photograph of Isabella Warner's lemon stand fundraiser for Dog-Harmony

Lemonade stands are a popular pastime for children across the country during the summer. They’re typically looked at as a great tool to teach children about earning money and operating a business, but for some, it’s a great way to give back to their community.


This summer, Isabella Warner’s to-do list included making a lemonade stand, so on a hot July day, Warner took to her driveway with a drink dispenser filled with cold lemonade, a pitcher of iced coffee and delicious cinnamon sugar donuts and raised more than $350 for Dog-Harmony.

“Maggie, [her aunt’s] dog, came from Dog-Harmony,” said Warner on why she chose to raise money for the local nonprofit.

Her aunt’s other dog, Lucy, had recently passed away, so Warner donated the money raised in honor of her.

She spent her morning crafting the perfect lemonade, iced coffee and donuts to sell, which she said was her favorite part, before moving outside. She set up a tent to cover her table, and in addition to the items she prepared to sell, she also displayed a flier promoting Koda, a dog available for adoption through Dog-Harmony, as well as issues of Dog-Harmony Life.

“I learned from the Dog-Harmony Life magazine at my Aunt YuYu’s office that Koda needed a family,” said Warner. “And I wanted to help him find one.”

She said she hopes her efforts inspire others her age to find ways to raise money for nonprofits like Dog-Harmony.

“It’s good to raise money for people who help dogs, cats, and other animals,” said Warner.

For more information about the needs of local rescues or how you can get involved, visit your local shelter’s website or give them a call.


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