- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Around $3,500 was raised this weekend for veterans with the help of two Omaha girls operating a lemonade stand.

Jadyn Horst, 10, and her 6-year-old sister Kalyn wanted to help support veterans to honor a former kindergarten teacher who died after serving in Iraq, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1L9qQvt ) reported.

The money from the sisters’ lemonade stand and sales by food vendors at the Sunday fundraiser went toward the Wounded Warriors Family Support and Moving Veterans Forward organizations.

“I look at those two little girls and I think, ‘This is awesome,’ ” said Wendy Tatro of Wounded Warriors Family Support. “It shows a lot about their characters and their upbringing.”

Tatro said helping injured veterans takes many forms. More than 400 families benefit from a program that helps caregivers of veterans.

“Right now we have two women with children at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis,” Tatro said. “While they’re away, we help care for the veteran and any other family members. We do whatever is needed, from cleaning house to running errands.”

Founder Ron Hernandez of Moving Veterans Forward said his organization works with homeless veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. He helps round up necessary household items for whenever a home has been found for a veteran.

“What these two young ladies are doing is great,” he said. “They’re finding a passion for taking care of our vets, and that’s important, because vets step up to take care of the citizens of the United States, not just in war but in times of natural disasters.”

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This story has been corrected to show the name of one of the girls is Jadyn Horst, not Jaydn Horst.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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