Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Kid’s Lemonade Stand Raises $13K To Reunite Immigrant Families

The Bottom Line: Through a lemonade stand at their house and a virtual one online, this family raised thousands.

Shannon Cofrin Gaggero talked to her son about how they could help children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border and her six-year-old came up with a great suggestion: a lemonade stand. So the family set one up in front of their Atlanta home, where Gaggero says, “it’s hot as Hades.”

To raise awareness for the lemonade stand, the mom started a Facebook fundraising page, which continued to supplement the in-person lemonade stand for a few more days. On Sunday, the Gaggero family raised more than $1,000 for RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides legal and educational services for immigrants. And within six days, the virtual lemonade stand on the Facebook fundraiser raised over $13,000.

Gaggero says she’s very proud of her son and what they’ve accomplished. And even though he’s a little young to understand the scope of the family separation issue, he gets it on some level. “It tugged at his heart strings,” Gaggero says. “For kids, the concept of being separated from your parents is very real and very scary.”

Source: Food and Wine

Cut 32,256 Calories A Year By Avoiding This Snack

New research reveals how many calories we use on our favorite snacks.

We all have our own guilty pleasures when it comes to snacking, but new research tells us what the most popular snacks are in the UK. The folks at myvouchercodeslooked at the snacking habits of 1,940 people and found that chocolate cookies are the number one fave. And get this, snacking on a cookie here and there can add up to more than 32,000 calories a year!

Anders Nilsson, spokesperson at myvouchercodes explains that when all the calories from all the treats we eat in a year are added up, “it can look pretty shocking.” The average cookie-lover in the UK eats the equivalent of 389 over the course in year, adding up to a whopping 32,256 calories.

Here are the top ten guilty pleasures Brits eat most, in terms of calories:

  • Chocolate cookies – 32,256 calories per year
  • Fast food – 30,177 calories per year
  • Chips – 29,520 calories per year
  • Candy bars – 28,800 calories per year
  • Ice cream – 26,272 calories per year
  • Cakes – 25,272 calories per year
  • Cheese and crackers – 16,450 calories per year
  • Alcohol – 15,456 calories per year
  • Pastries – 15,080 calories per year
  • Other desserts – 14,650 calories per year

Source: Women's Health

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