Student donates $750 in lemonade stand proceeds to animal shelter

Student holds a paper check with a manager from the Ayres shelter.
Fonda-Fultonville student Jayson Hulbert, left, spent the summer working at his lemonade and cookie stand. He raised $750 for the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers. He presented a check to Marissa Christman, the shelter’s assistant manager, at right.

Middle school student Jayson Hulbert is reminding us all to never underestimate the power of a big heart and a generous spirit.

This summer, the fifth grader sold homemade cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade at his stand at the Railside Cafe in Johnstown. He did this for five weeks on Fridays and raised $750 that he donated to the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers.

“I like dogs and other animals, and I don’t want to see them suffer,” he said. “I have my own rescue dog. His name is Jelly and he’s a pit bull.”

“Animals win twice in this, because when people came to the lemonade stand, some of them said they were going to rescue an animal,” Hulbert continued. “That was my favorite part about it.”

When it came time to make the refreshments, Hulbert measured the cookie recipe ingredients and squeezed lemons. His mom Lisa Cross helped sweeten the lemonade and his grandmother Janet Glasser, who owns the Railside Cafe, baked the cookies.

“We are incredibly thankful and in awe of Jayson’s generosity and kind-hearted gesture,” Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter Assistant Manager Marissa Christman said. “He truly is a thoughtful young man who we are honored to know and receive this enormous help from.”

This is the third summer that Hulbert has run his lemonade stand. It started when his grandmother told him about the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“I told her I wanted to do the lemonade stand, and my grandma said ‘OK, we’ll sell cookies, too.’ The first two years, we donated to Make-A-Wish, and then I decided we would help animals this year,” Hulbert said.