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10-year-old raises $15,000 to help rebuild her family’s burned down home

By Mason White 11:05 AM May 25, 2015
Alyssa and Damian De La Sala 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) An adorable 4th grader raised a lot of money to rebuild her family’s home.

10-year-old Alyssa De La Sala of Florida, has raised $15,000 to help rebuild her family’s burned house with a lemonade stand.

After the family’s home burned down, they hired a contractor to rebuild it with the money they received from their insurance company.

However, the contractors never finished the job, leaving the family with a undone home and without money to finish it.

The family is still paying the mortgage on their home and they are now also paying rent for a temporary apartment.

Alyssa decided to take matters into her own hands.

With the approval of her parents and with the help of her 13-year-old brother Damian, Alyssa set up a lemonade stand and called a radio station for help.

She read a letter live on the air, asking people to come and buy lemonade and baked goods from her.

Tampa residents showed their support en mass. Police and firefighters came to show their support as well. Businesses contributed by giving the family home appliances and other household items as gifts.

Alyssa managed to raise $15,000 in a single day with the help of her amazing community in Lutz.

One donor gave Alyssa $5,000 while another person gave $1,000 for one cup of lemonade.

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