First Grader Uses Lemonade Stand to Raise $1,144 for DePelchin Children's Center

HOUSTON (August 16, 2013) – DePelchin Children’s Center is receiving a very special donation today from a younger citizen of the Houston community.  Six-year-old first grader Ben Chattaway, with the help of his 4-year-old brother Mason, used his final days of summer vacation to host a lemonade stand raising $1,144 for DePelchin Children's Center.

While the idea to host a lemonade stand was a family decision, the idea to raise funds for DePelchin was entirely Ben’s. “We talked about the different types of organizations and Ben was quick to say that he wanted to help kids who didn’t have a family,” said Kristen Chattaway, Ben’s mom. “For a 6-year-old to identify and empathize with kids less fortunate is really special. I’m a lucky mama.”

The lemonade stand took place at River Bend Playground in Kingwood, Texas on Saturday, August 10 but the donations for the lemonade stand took off days in advance through social media. “I am surprised at the amount of attention our Facebook page has received in just one week and it’s been so much fun to watch family, friends, neighbors – and even strangers – get involved with this cause,” Chattaway said. “Ben and Mason love hearing about how many people liked their photos or how their donation fund is growing. One hundred dollars is like a million bucks to a kid!”

“DePelchin Children's Center is honored to receive Ben’s donation,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin President and CEO. “The impact Ben made to DePelchin through what started as a lemonade stand and took off into a major fundraiser shows families in our community that everyone can play a part in helping us care for kids.”  

About DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit to learn more. 


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