On Friday, last minute preparations were being made for the 54th annual Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Warner Robins--one very energetic 7-year-old is getting ready to sell lemonade therel...but it's not just any lemonade.
Annabelle Balducci is on a mission.
"I want to help St. Jude's for kids to help find a better medicine to help kids get better," the 7-year-old says.
With her colorful lemonade stand, she plans to do just that. Last year, Annabelle donated some of her hair to "Locks of Love," but after she realized how much she was helping kids with cancer, she decided she wanted to do more.
"She came to me a month or so later and said 'I wanna have a lemonade stand and raise more money for kids with cancer.' I said 'Sounds great!'," says Maria Balducci, Annabelle's mother.
Annabelle's family and friends rallied together to build her this beautiful lemonade stand. The money she raises will go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital to fight childhood cancer. So far, she and her classmates have raised almost $600, and the lemonade stand hasn't even opened!
"It's amazing how caring all of them are," says her 2nd grade teacher, Mary Grabos. "I mean Annabelle had this idea and they all came in to help her and they all wanna help her as much as they can."
Knowing they're making a difference keeps Annabelle and her sisters all smiles.
"It makes me very proud," says Maria. "At home we try to encourage the kids to be as giving as possible.
Annabelle can't wait to take life's lemons and turn them into something sweet for others.
"It makes me feel really happy that I'm doing this because it's for to help kids!," she says, smiling.