Local kid spends birthday money to raise funds for victims

RAPID CITY, SD — A young kid, Taten Adams, has taken it into his hands to raise money for the Crisis Intervention Shelter Service in Sturgis through a lemonade stand.

Taten explained that he got the idea to do this after hearing most domestic abuse survivors show up with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

This is the fourth year Taten has had the lemonade stand, and he uses his birthday money every year for supplies.

The lemonade stand usually raises over $1,000 from its lemonade stand, with all of the proceeds going to the Domestic Abuse Crisis Shelter in Sturgis.

“Because of the people who come here, they only come with the clothes on their back, nothing else,” Taten explained. “The money can go for food, it could go for driving them to the hospital, getting them gas, getting them clothes, and really all that.”

Taten opens the lemonade stand during the Sturgis Rally with the hope that he can earn more money for the shelter.

Director of the Crisis Intervention Shelter Service, Ashley Adams, explains how much the shelter provides for people seeking help,

“We can house up to 25 people at a time, last year we served over 2,700 shelter days, with over 100 people seeking shelter,” she said. “We provided over 1,500 crisis line calls and 84 of those calls resulted in immediate shelter — which meant they were fleeing right at that moment, and had nowhere else to go.”

Taten’s Lemonade Stand will be open every day from 8 am to 5 pm through August 12 in Downtown Sturgis.

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