Schoharie County girl's LEMON(aids) you can't drink help kids who have hearing loss

October 11, 2019 08:08 PM

Many times, small children with big hearts do extraordinary things.

This weekend, some of them are getting together for an event that celebrates amazing individuals committed to making a difference, like a young girl from Schoharie County who knew just what to do when life gave her family lemons.


Not every 9-year-old girl rushes home from school every day - excited to get to work on her sewing machine. However, Carly Waters does. She's not just sewing anything. She's making lemons - or as she calls them – "LEMON(aids)," which she sells to help kids like her sisters.

When Molly, the youngest of three girls, was born with hearing loss, the family started wondering if their middle daughter Emma - who was struggling with speech - might also have hearing loss. She did. The girls got hearing aids and were taught to be careful with them - because they're so expensive.

That got big sister Carly wondering what other kids do if they don't have hearing aids and it's just too expensive for them?

She couldn't reach enough people with a lemonade stand - so using her sewing skills - she developed a different kind of lemonade. They're stuffed lemons she would sell online for $18 apiece. In just about a year's time, she's raised $60,000 helping dozens of people receive hearing aids all over the world.

It also caught the attention of the annual PEAKFest - happening Sunday, October 13 at the Saratoga County Airport. It's essentially a celebration of people like Carly and the causes they support. That includes a little girl who wrote a bullying book, a young lady selling cupcakes to support juvenile diabetes and Gabe Donovan, selling t-shirts to help a friend who is disabled afford an expensive, assistive technology advice.



Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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