It’s not just large corporations and mom and pop spots that are struggling across the country, but also lemonade stands.
So to help smaller entrepreneurs get up and running, Country Time is offering bailout funds to help put “a little juice back into the economy.”
Country Time’s “Littlest Bailout Relief Fund” will send $100 stimulus checks (a Visa prepaid card) to 1,000 randomly selected young business owners 14 years old and under to help “offset the loss of revenue” lemonade stand businesses have witnessed due to health concerns and social distancing guidelines put in place as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Police shut down a lemonade stand in Brooklyn, New York after a “large group of kids and adults gathered on the sidewalk in violation of rules put in place over the coronavirus,” KNX reported, while teens in New York City set up a hands-free lemonade stand, per the New York Post.
“Due to social distancing guidelines, lemonade stands aren’t what they used to be, and we want to help kids foster their entrepreneurial spirit by offering a small relief to those who can’t operate their lemonade stands this summer,” says Andrew Deckert, Country Time spokesperson, said in a statement.
Deckert reveals to Romper the company has already seen “an enormous amount of positive feedback” earlier this week since it was announced earlier this week.
“We’ve seen people post online about how they are hoping to use the funds if they win for lemonade stand sanitization stations and we’ve also heard people talk about how their child has been asking repeatedly to set up a lemonade stand this summer but can’t due to the pandemic,” Deckert says.
If you or someone you would know would like to win $100 from Country’s Time’s “The Littlest Bailout” fund, you will need to visit Country Time’s Bailout website where you’ll enter the name of your child’s lemonade stand, along with some other personal details.
Country Time will notify you via email if your child’s lemonade business is one of the randomly selected winners. In addition, you will receive a fun pseudo check in the mail for bragging rights.
The contest ends August 12, so enter before it’s too late.
“When we saw what the COVID-19 pandemic was doing to businesses all over the country and the relief efforts in place to support them, we wondered what Country Time could do to help,” Deckert tells Romper, “and we’re very proud to see how The Littlest Bailout will help put some juice back in the economy.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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