NEWTON, NJ—On one of the sunniest and warmest Saturdays so far this month, Connor Dolan ran a lemonade stand for five hours to support the Hampton Township Fire and Rescue.
Dolan, who is nine years old, came up with the idea all by himself back in August. According to his mom, Amy Dolan, he had run a lemonade stand back in July in their own driveway to raise money for the family’s upcoming Disney vacation, where he raised $40.
“A few days later we were at the firehouse when he came up with the idea of a lemonade stand to benefit the firehouse,” his mom said.
The young man asked Chief Gunderman from the firehouse for approval and the Chief agreed. According to Dolan’s mother, Chief Gunderman felt it was a great idea and said Connor should bring it up to the rest of the membership.
At the August department meeting, Dolan presented his idea. He asked if he could get all the firehouse kids together to do a lemonade stand to benefit the firehouse and he would also like the trucks out for kids to tour, go into and explore, as well as the chief’s vehicle and fire gear.
Dolan said that he thought it was really fun to open the lemonade stand because you get to see your friends and family and if you’re doing it at your house you can get your neighbors involved too. He ran the lemonade stand with the help of the other firehouse kids, for five hours on that sunny day. They made over $450 just in a matter of one day, in just five hours.
“They loved giving tours of our apparatuses including Engine 2, 48 Rescue, Ambulance 48-52 and Chief Vehicle”, Amy said. “They were excited to have visits and donations from members of Stillwater Fire Department as well as EMT's from Atlantic Health Care.”
Dolan was very knowledgeable about each of the trucks, what the firefighters used each one for, how they sat with their gear in the trucks, and how many firefighters could fit in each truck. He also knew about the gear itself and the ambulance as well and explained it all as he was giving his tours.
“[Lieutenant] Dave and I are so proud of Connor and all the kids who are part of the fire house. These kids are with us throughout the year to help with fundraisers, special events, parade preparations, meetings and many other things. We are proud they understand what it means to be a volunteer and to give back to their community,” Amy Dolan said.
At the next department meeting, Dolan, along with all the firehouse kids that helped during the lemonade stand, will be presenting the membership with the money they made.
Anyone interested in giving to the lemonade stand can send checks payable to Hampton Township Fire and Rescue at PO Box 646. Augusta, NJ 07822. Please write lemonade stand in the memo.