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Eight-year-old Claire Britt hosts lemonade stand for new childcare center

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WEST UNION (KWWL) -

Claire Britt is only a kid, but she's already demonstrating good character. The eight-year-old recently organized a lemonade stand in her West Union neighborhood to raise money for Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center.

"I was thinking I can raise some money for them, so then they wouldn't have to do as much fundraising," said Claire Britt.

Kaleidoscope Kids started a capital campaign last fall to raise around $1.5 million for a new building. The center is currently located in the basement of the United Methodist Church in West Union and is running out of space.

"Right now, we're licensed for 86 kids. The new building we'd be able to accommodate 106 kids," said Kaleidoscope Kids Director Mary O'Kones.

Claire never had a lemonade stand before. She got all the supplies, made the cookies and even got a permit from the city.

Someone else donated root beer and more cookies for her to sell. She only charged 25 cents, but in less than four hours Claire raised more than $1,000.

"We had a donation box, so people would give more donations," said Britt.

Kaleidoscope Kids presented Claire Britt with a certificate, thanking her for her efforts.

"It means a lot because it shows the generosity of a little girl can be so great that it can touch so many people in the community," sad O'Kones.

In keeping with her good character, Claire pointed out she didn't do it alone.

"I had lots of help from family and the community. The court, the hospital, neighbors. So all around, I had a lot of help," she said.

Claire Britt is proving a small idea, with a little help, can make a big difference.

So far, the Kaleidoscope Kids Childcare Center has raised $1.3 million. The goal is to break ground on the new building this fall. It will be located across from North Fayette High School.

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