BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Leah Dasti, who just turned 10 years old, has raised over $3,000 since 2016 for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The BHVRS is very dear to Leah because of the many times they came to help her Pop-Pop before he passed away five years ago. Since his passing, Leah has created a lemonade stand to raise money to honor him.

Leah has a wish to raise more money every year through her lemonade stand. In addition to the lemonade sales, Leah was the winner of a $500 charity contest and her lemonade stand was chosen as a Valairco Cares donation recipient of $500. She also asked for donations through Facebook during her birthday week, and has already raised $200. 

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On Wednesday, December 4, she presented a check to the BHVRS in the amount of $1,532, the largest amount yet. 

She told the squad that she got off to a great start when she won a charity contest for $500, which she already donated back to the Rescue Squad. She was invited back to the BH Education Foundation Color Run, the PBA Trunk or Treat, and the Woodruff School Holiday Market. She also sold her lemonade at events at Mountain Park School and Mary Kay McMillin.

"I'm Happy to help the Rescue Squad in honor of my Pop-Pop -- this charity is very dear to my heart," said Leah.

Rescue Squad president Joe Savino said the squad is blessed that Leah appreciates the squad and all that she does for them. The squad presented Leah with a Lemonade Plaque that says, "When Life Gave Her Lemons, Leah Made Lemonade! Thank you! Leah's Lemonade Stand For Your Amazing Generosity."  

The squad also celebrated Leah's 10th Birthday with a cake and gifts.