By Steve Svetovich
A group of young children offered to serve free lemonade at the Green Ridge Branch of Fidelity Bank Saturday, June 27, to raise money for the victims of a fire May 16 at East Market Street, Scranton. There were seven families affected by the fire.
The children served free lemonade from from 9:30 to 11:30 a,m. and asked visitors to consider donations of money or gently used household and cleaning supplies to help victims of the May 16 fire at East Market Street by Green Ridge corners. Seven families were displaced and lost almost all their possessions. Only one of the families had renter’s insurance.
Fidelity Bank branch manager Jill Valenti worked with local business woman, Therese Brunetti, from Brunetti’s Pizza, to make the Green Ridge branch of Fidelity Bank a collection site for the seven affected families. Patty DeScipio, marketing communications officer for Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank, was there with Valenti and Brunetti during the fund raising event.
“Jill Valenti, our branch manager, came up with the idea along with our neighbors from Brunetti’s Pizza,” said DeScipio. “Brunetti’s Pizza took up a collection and posted it on their Facebook page. They have kept people informed to drop of collections and household items at the drop off at the Fidelity Bank Green Ridge branch.
“The lemonade stand is part of an initiative program with kids at the Fidelity Bank. I handle the donations. It is being done as part of the summer initiative program for children. It is a fun way for the children to sell lemonade and help the families who were victims of this terrible fire. The fire also affected some local businesses. These families don’t even know where to start from. Everything they owned is gone. The lemonade fund raising event was a win win situation. It was a great way for the children to learn a lesson about helping others while having fun at the same time.”
“This fire affected so many families, so many people and had an impact on several Green Ridge businesses. The children did a wonderful job helping out the victims with the lemonade stands.”
If anyone else wants to help, there is a drop off box at the Green Ridge branch of Fidelity Bank.