Helping Others

El Dorado Hills children raise money for Harvey victims

Support for victims of Hurricane Harvey came in the form of two little boys and a lemonade stand in the parking lot of the KinderCare on Francisco Drive in El Dorado Hills this morning.

Reid, 4, and Garret, 6, Stryker knew they needed to do something to help after watching videos of the flooding and damage caused by Harvey in Houston, according to their father, Ace Stryker. Stryker said that both of the boys were very affected by watching the destruction in the videos, and Garret even had to leave the room because it was so upsetting. But the idea for the lemonade stand came from the boys’ mother, Lacy.

“We wanted our kids to know that even though you’re little, you can do big things in life,” Stryker said.

Stryker, her husband, Ace, and their 1-year-old daughter, Wendy, were out along Francisco Drive waving signs and attracting customers. But it was clear who was in charge as Reid and Garret handed out glasses of lemonade and took money from many supportive customers driving through.

While the minimum donation the family asked for was $1, many cars coming by gave the boys as much as $20 for a cup of lemonade. The Strykers sat in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 9 selling lemonade, but it was worth it for the boys, who felt that their stand was a success.

“We just wanted to help Houston,” Garret said. Reid echoed a similar sentiment, saying that he was happy to be helping victims of the “water storm” in Texas.

Lacy and Ace Stryker will be matching the funds their sons raise, and then donating the money to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through Ace’s employer, Intel, which will match the funds again, quadrupling them.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

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