PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Last week, we told you about two Port Charlotte kids trying to raise money for oiled bird rehabilitation. They set up a lemonade stand. Now they're headed to Pensacola, and you won't believe how much money they collected.
When 9 year old Kaitlyn and 6 year old Jonathon Wagner saw disturbing images on TV of oiled birds struggling to survive, they cried. Then, the kids who dream of being veterinarians, decided to do something.
"There was this bird just lying flat on his back, he was like kind of kicking his feet up in the air," Kaitlyn said.
"It was making me upset first, and then Kaitlyn found an idea to help the birds by making a lemonade stand," Jonathon said.
The planned to send all proceeds going to the Wildlife Sanctuary in Pensacola. Word got around, and people traveled from all over the area just to drop a few bucks in the jar. The kids set up their lemonade stand last Friday morning and in just 2 days, they raised $793 in donations.
"Then my husband's boss from Artis Tree in Venice matched that," their mother Carolyn said.
And Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, which has set aside $50,000 to match donations to the Wildlife Sanctuary, brought the total to $3,172. 64.
"I was just, ah! Ecstatic! We did good!" Carolyn said.
"LTM party store is making a big check for us, a big fake check, and we are going to present it to them on Tuesday," Kaitlyn said.
With thick pools of oil showing up on Pensacola's once pristine white sand, the help couldn't come at a better time. "Hopefully, this catches on to where other people try to do their part because if everybody does a little, I think we can accomplish a lot," their father Scott said.
The Wagners leave Sunday for the panhandle. If you'd like to donate to the Wildlife Sanctuary through Gulf Winds, head to http://www.gogulfwinds.com/page/wildlife-relief-fund/