Girl Boss: 7-year-old uses lemonade stand money to buy underclothes for Petersburg students

The Tri-Cities

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) –Jazari Starke held a lemonade stand this summer to help raise money to donate underclothes to an upcoming back to school drive in Petersburg.

The 7-year-old, who attends A.P. Hill Elementary School, said she was inspired to give back to her community because she noticed some of her school mates didn’t have matching socks or bookbags.

“I just want to make sure every less fortunate kid has socks and underclothes for school,” Starke said.

With the help of her parents, Jazari sets up a lemonade stand in different spots around Petersburg and sells a cup for one dollar each.

“I have things that I really need, and I would like if other kids had things they really need,” Jazari said.

Jazari said many people do not donate undergarments, but a lot of kids need them.

“A lot of people do book bags and I’m a different person and I like to be different,” Jazari said.

Her dad, Jakari Starke, said his daughter came up with the idea on her own. 

“My daughter is always coming home talking about how other kids might not have as much stuff as her and she feels bad about it, so she wanted to do something to help,” her dad said.

He said this is not the first time she has found a way to help others in need.

Two years ago, Jazari held a similar lemonade stand to raise money for book bags.

“She’s a different type of child for real. She is always worried about other people,” he said.

Starke raised a total of $260 since starting in the middle of July. She used the money to buy essential underclothes that she will be donating at the ‘Back 2 School Cookout’ held on August 31 at 1216 Farmer Street Park.

“She’s really a good girl,” her mother, Chiquila Starke said. “[She] makes all A’s, [has] a heart of gold and she loves to give back.”

But even with that accomplishment, she said she wishes she could help every child who needs it.

“It makes me happy, but sometimes it makes me sad that I don’t get all of the kids stuff,” she said.

In addition to raising funds to buy backpacks and underclothes, the 7-year-old girl also feeds the elderly and homeless.

The young girl is accepting donations in socks. If you’d like to help the donations can be dropped off at Ernestine’s Table Restaurant located on 509 Halifax Street.

Jazari’s mom, Chiquila Starke, said they are still working on details, but plan to set up one more lemonade stand before Petersburg Public Schools start on September 3.  

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