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10-year-old converts lemonade sales into dog biscuits, supplies

10-year-old Adam Blackmore shows some food he purchased for Kane County Animal Shelter with money he raised from summertime lemondade stand.

10-year-old Adam Blackmore shows some of the food he purchased for the Kane County Animal Shelter with money he raised from a summertime lemondade stand. Submitted Photo

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Updated: October 8, 2012 8:50PM

GENEVA — While many 10-year-olds may have been playing video games or otherwise enjoying a summer day, Adam Blackmore had something larger in mind.

The Williamsburg Elementary School student spotted a poster in the hallways of the Geneva school before the summer break, listing all the items that an animal shelter needed. It gave the boy an idea. Why couldn’t he help the local animal shelter, right here in Kane County?

“I decided to have a fundraiser,” Adam said.

Adam hosted lemonade stands nearly every weekend through the summer, charging 25 cents for a refreshing summer beverage. One neighbor stopped by and when he found out what Adam was doing, he paid $20 for a glass.

Adam made posters for the lemonade stand, outlining his cause. He made fliers to drop in neighbors’ mailboxes. He talked with every friend and neighbor who would listen. He even ended up with a $100 gift card from his grandmother’s place of employment, Meijer in St. Charles.

The total results were staggering: nearly $900 in supplies and cash donated Thursday to Kane County Animal Control in Geneva. The back of the family’s truck was packed full as they pulled into the shelter’s garage.

Adam’s donations included four large bags of dog food, a cage, several pillows, dog beds, paper towels and 55 containers of peanut butter to be used inside the dog treats.

Once word spread around the neighborhood about what Adam was doing this summer, the Blackmore house became the collecting point for all things animal control, Adam’s mom Lisa said.

“Every day we’d have stuff dropped off at our door,” she said.

As the lemonade stand money grew, and the collection piled up at the Blackmore house, Lisa enforced a cutoff date for the project.

They then found a needs list for the county shelter in Geneva and went on a large shopping spree.

Adam has always had an exposure to dogs, his parents said. They have a black lab named Koda who may have provided some of the inspiration to help other animals.

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