Locals can grab a bottle of refreshing lemonade from one of the many stands set up around town this weekend as part of the 22nd Take-A-Stand event. On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15, the proceeds of lemonade sales will go directly towards helping children in Phelps County.

Locals can grab a bottle of refreshing lemonade from one of the many stands set up around town this weekend as part of the 22nd Take-A-Stand event. On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15, the proceeds of lemonade sales will go directly towards helping children in Phelps County.

Linda Goff from Phelps County Bank, the sponsor of Take-A-Stand, said the event is “a neat way to raise awareness and money for child abuse prevention.”

Goff said all of the money will be used by the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) to support programs in the community working to prevent child abuse. Goff said that PCCAN receives a large number of grant requests and the money raised by Take-A-Stand is used to try and fulfill them.

Last year the combined efforts of Phelps County Bank (PCB) and PCCAN raised approximately $32,000. Goff said this year’s goal is even higher in order to meet the total requirements for the grants they’ve received. Goff hopes to raise $35,000 this year.

“I think we can make it,” said Goff.

Grant recipients include organizations such as Payer of Last Resort Fund, which assists local families with children who need help meeting basic needs, such as electricity and housing payments. Families are referred to this fund by other organizations such as GRACE.

In addition to the fund-raising this year, is the carnival area that Rolla Fire and Rescue will be hosting in the Big Lots parking lot, complete with bucket truck rides. The carnival area will be open after working hours so parents can bring their kids after they’ve left the office.

Each year the Take-A-Stand event is a community effort spearheaded by PCB and PCCAN, each working as the legs and the brain behind the event. Goff said that since the program began, one of the best experiences has been to see the difference they’re making in the community.

“We have seen a reduction in child abuse numbers in Phelps County,” she said. “There are a lot of reasons, and we’re only a small part of that, but it’s very good to see.”