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Together the pair raised more than $4,200 through in-person and online sales at their yellow lemonade shack over the weekend.
Melissa Desrosiers said she was overwhelmed by the support of the community, who came out not only to raise money for the hospital, but to remember her little girl. She said one person even brought a poem.
“Last year the support was really good — it’s always been really good — but this year was really, just amazing. So I literally didn’t have a chance to eat, or really even take a drink because of the mask-wearing and how many people were coming,” she said.
“It was just really sweet, sweet people from the community who just want to give back and honour Bella.”
As she and Lily Desrosiers are Bella Rose Desrosiers’ “memory keepers,” Melissa Desrosiers said, she plans to keep up the annual tradition in her daughter’s honour.
At the time of her death, Bella Rose Desrosiers was described by her mother as a caring, sincere and compassionate girl who enjoyed life and had a huge heart. She was stabbed to death inside her home May 18, 2020.
David Moss, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder.
As of Monday afternoon, Lemonade Stand Day had raised more than $72,000 of its $86,700 goal.
Simply Supper Lemonade Stand Day is meant to give children the opportunity to run a business, and learn about philanthropy and customer service. More than $700,000 has been raised during the campaign’s six-year-run, and more than 3,000 children have participated.