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Benton Wellborn, from left, samples the lemonade that his sister Elizabeth Wellborn and friend Cassidy Grace Murch sold to buy cakes for Madison police officers and firefighters CONTRIBUTED

With lemonade sales, girls buy cakes to treat Madison police officers and firefighters

MADISON – Young Cassidy Grace Murch and Elizabeth Wellborn have the savvy for entrepreneurship, as well as compassion, far beyond their years.

Cassidy Grace, 8, and Elizabeth, 14, wanted to show appreciation for Madison police officers and firefighters. To pay for their gift, the girls set up a lemonade stand at the corner of Church and Arnett streets in downtown Madison.

Their brothers helped. Marshall Wellborn, 16, transported the girl’s lemonade stand and helped them with the heavy lifting, while Camden Murch, 14, helped in running the stand. Benton Wellborn was a frequent (if non-paying) customer.

“Cassidy Grace wanted to make the police and fire people happy because of all they do for us,” her mother Collen Murch said. The Country Time lemonade cost 50 cents per cup, but customers often donated more money. Wearing masks and gloves, the girls also sold pre-wrapped candy.

“Elizabeth wanted to honor the departments because she feels they need extra encouragement at a time when there is so much unrest in the country,” her mother Suzanne Wellborn said. “The police and fire department protect us. We especially love Officer Cheryl Wooten who came to our house to talk about stranger danger … and she gives hugs.”

“It felt good to do something nice for those who serve and protect us,” Elizabeth said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.”

With their lemonade revenue, the girls bought two large cakes. “The kids felt great about giving, and we were all very proud of their big hearts,” Colleen said.

“We only found out about the project when they delivered the cakes. We had no idea,” Officer Teresa Taylor-Duncan said. She works as Community Relations Officer for Madison Police Department.

“Miss Murch delivered two enormous cakes, more than enough cake for every shift including our support staff to enjoy. We even shared a little with our friends at Madison Senior Center,” Duncan said.

“In the current state of events, it’s most refreshing to see young people volunteering their time and efforts to, not only help others, but make a difference in how the world sees and responds to law enforcement,” Duncan said. “Our children are the next generation of leaders and influencers, and the investment we make as examples of kindness, acceptance and understanding is one that will reap benefits for everyone.”

Duncan believes that Cassidy Grace and Elizabeth “brought the reality that Madison citizens not only support first responders but recognize us as neighbors and friends. We are grateful for the parents who are teaching their children the tenets of service, others before self, and lifting up those who serve the public.”

Cassidy Grace attends Madison Elementary School. Elizabeth is a student at Providence Classical School.

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