Girl uses lemonade stand to rebuild family home

Alyssa made almost $15,000 for her family

Florida (CNN) – A little girl in Florida is taking it upon herself to raise money for her family, after their home was damaged in a fire.

She set up a lemonade stand, then, she went on a local radio station, asking them to advertise her business.

Little did she know, the station asked Tampa affiliate WFTS to also help.

That girl, Alyssa De La Sala, has said, “I am speechless, overwhelmed.”

In her wildest dreams, Alyssa never imaged this, a crowd so large at her Lutz lemonade stand that officers had to direct traffic. The reaction from the community, after Alyssa read her letter to the KANE show.

A plea for help to rebuild her home. The radio show asking us to spread the word about the De La Sala’s plight. A fire not only destroyed their home two years ago, but the family says a builder never completed the work, leaving them to pick up the pieces. Alyssa, heartbroken, seeing her parents suffer.

Mother Jenn De La Sala said, “She took it upon herself to just want to do something to help mommy and daddy, I don’t think she expected it to be anything like this either.”

Her lemonade stand she set up with her brother Damien, also featuring home baked goods, brought people from as far away as Hernando County. People’s generosity bountiful, one giving as much as $500, to another giving $1000 dollars for a cup of lemonade.

Father Joe De La Sala said it was, “Anything beyond what I thought would happen.”

Not only did even strangers give, the first responders to the fire showed up in support. Deputies reached out to businesses, countless came through, with boxes and boxes of supplies.

Jenn De La Sala said, “We knew we had a good community, but when you just see everyone here, it is really overwhelming.”

All this because of one little girl, whose motto, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, really may have saved her family

“Thank you for your support”, Alyssa has said, “Everything counts and helps us get home.”

Alyssa made almost $15,000 for her family between a Gofundme page, and one day of lemonade sales.

As for the contractor, the company has several judgments against them, totaling $600,000.

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