Lucy Cozad, 6, looked into the toy closet at the East Texas Crisis Center and mentioned to her mother, Claire Cozad, that it looked almost empty.

Lucy asked if they could buy new toys but her mother suggested a better idea, creating a lemonade stand where Lucy and her friends could raise money for toys and a playground.

Amy Martin and Claire Cozad decided to put their children’s ideas to good use and create a fundraiser that would benefit the Crisis Center while teaching them to give back.

The girls handing out lemonade are Lucy Cozad, Macie Culpepper, Abby Martin and Evie Lambert, all of whom are 6.

They had three scheduled events this week: Wednesday at South Tyler Dermatology, Thursday at Cozad Insurance Group and Friday at Kinsey’s Pharmacy. All run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The lemonade is complimentary, but donations are suggested. Online donations can be made as well at

“We teach a Bible study at the Crisis Center and that is when Lucy noticed they didn’t have that many toys, so we came up with this idea to set up a small business and teach our girls how to give back,” Claire Cozad said.

“We would love to raise $2,500 in order to achieve our goal,” Claire Cozad said.

She and the girls created the lemonade stand, which is a turquoise blue with violet accents.

The girls also painted over 75 rocks that are scattered throughout Tyler and include a note to encourage people to visit their lemonade stand.

“We just wanted to plan a project and teach our girls how to be team players and go through with a project that is beneficial for the community,” Amy Martin said.


TWITTER: @ElsaCavazosTMT


Lucy’s Lemonade Stand schedule is:

Thursday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 605 Chase Drive

Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 4290 Kinsey Drive




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