Grit Award

May. 16, 2014 @ 02:17 PM

The world through the eyes of a child can provide a window to simple solutions for complex issues. Ava Forrest visited Hannah’s Hope, the orphanage where her brother lived in Ethiopia before her family adopted him.

Ava, who is 9, noticed that the older children didn’t have many toys. Her solution? Open a lemonade stand on a Saturday at her home in Durham to raise funds for Hannah’s Hope.

The funds will go to whatever needs are most pressing, whether it’s diapers, food, toys or staff support. Ava will not be alone in running a lemonade stand today. Children from as far away as California and New York also will have lemonade stands to help Hannah’s Hope.

If you would like to assist Ava’s cause, stop by her lemonade stand today between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 4 Wooten Court in the Brightleaf at the Park neighborhood, or donate online at

We applaud Ava, the winner of this week’s Grit Award, for her kindness in recognizing the needs of others and her creativity in finding a way in which she can help solve the problem.