Hello Kitty

Paige Ayres’ le­mon­ade stand will help a lo­cal char­ity, but the nineyear-old bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur is also adopt­ing her own cat.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

Mon­day, Aug. 13 was par­tic­u­larly warm, even well be­fore noon, but early morn­ing pedes­tri­ans were able to grab some re­fresh­ment thanks to a le­mon­ade stand es­tab­lished by nine-year-old Paige Ayres.

In ad­di­tion to fresh le­mon­ade, Pagie was of­fer­ing cho­co­late chip cook­ies and jam jams, all in the name of a wor­thy cause or two.

The hand-drawn sign in front of her plas­tic ta­ble ad­vised cus­tomers she was selling the tasty treats to raise money for a lo­cal res­cue group called In Mem­ory of Shadow Emer­gency Vet Care Fund.

Shadow was the first cat the group ever res­cued. It was crushed by a car and died overnight be­fore they could get it to the vet.

“She’s go­ing to make a por­tion of her sales to that,” con­firmed her mother, Me­lanie.

But rais­ing money for the emer­gency fund is not Paige’s only goal.

She also plans to adopt her own kit­ten.

“I want a lit­tle girl to take care of,” says Paige. She even has a name picked out al­ready, Mered­ith Grey.

Set­ting up a le­mon­ade stand to fundraise the $125 adop­tion fee for her own cat was en­tirely Paige’s idea, and one she did not im­me­di­ately share with her par­ents.

“We didn’t know what the le­mon­ade stand was for at first,” says her mother Me­lanie. “First few sales she had, she was sav­ing her money. She wouldn’t spend any.”

Paige had al­ready de­cided what the money was for, but had to work up the courage to ap­proach her par­ents.

Paige fi­nally asked her mother who quickly agreed, pend­ing Dad’s ap­proval.

“She sat her Dad down Satur­day (Aug. 11) and popped the ques­tion,” re­calls Me­lanie. “I helped her pre­pare her speech to but­ter him up, so Dad would say yes.”

Paige de­liv­ered her wellplanned pitch over the sup­per ta­ble while hold­ing her fa­ther’s hand. Her fa­ther, Norm Kinslow, said yes.

“I used to want a dog but now I love cats,” says an ex­cited Paige, who plans to teach Mered­ith Grey some tricks. “I’m go­ing to teach her to lick fin­gers and bite toys.”

Paige will con­tinue selling her le­mon­ade and cook­ies right up un­til the school year starts, as long as the weather con­tin­ues to co-op­er­ate.

Her new kit­ten is due to be born soon and will be ready to come home with her in Novem­ber.

Me­lanie re­ports that peo­ple have been kind and have donated more than the 50 cents Paige is charg­ing. It helps a lot that the fam­ily drive­way is lo­cated in a high-traf­fic area across from a busy drug­store and doc­tor’s of­fice.

Paige is hav­ing so much fun and suc­cess that she al­ready in­tends to set it up again next year.

“It’s some­thing that she’s go­ing to keep do­ing,” says Me­lanie. “She said that she’s go­ing to open her own busi­ness.”

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Paige Ayres gets some help selling le­mon­ade and cook­ies from her three-year-old nephew, Owen.

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