PLAINVILLE - Nico Fasold doesnâ€™t run your average lemonade stand.
The stereotypical image one might conjure up when thinking of a 12-year-old selling lemonade on the side of the road doesnâ€™t do the young man any justice. Nicoâ€™s endeavor goes far beyond raising a couple of dollars to buy himself a new toy or pair of sneakers.
â€śWeâ€™ve sent two kids to Disney, a Disney cruise, Legoland and gotten someone a pool,â€ť he proudly said on Saturday, during his eighth annual Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand outside his Northwest Drive home.
â€śIt feeIs great,â€ť the 12-year-old said, adding that he gives all the money generated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization devoted to granting the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. â€śI feel empowered.â€ť
Nicoâ€™s fundraiser each year raises about $14,000, he said, and the goal this year was to hit $15,000. Itâ€™s a far cry away from the $65 he raised the first year.
Each year now, cars line up and down the street while Nico is busy filling cups with ice-cold lemonade. The event has also been expanded to include apple fritters, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. Also, on the lawn adjacent to the home sits a giant monster truck for children to see and stand beside for a photo.
Bristol resident Cheryl Assis on Saturday said she knows Nicoâ€™s mother and has come to her sonâ€™s fund-raiser each year. She has watched it grow into the spectacle that it is today.
â€śItâ€™s for a great cause,â€ť Assis said, with her two young children beside her. â€śItâ€™s terrific.â€ť
Nico, she said, â€śis very innovative and creative. Heâ€™s a great kid.â€ť
Shem Skalski said he heard about the lemonade stand last year and decided to come back to support the cause.
â€śItâ€™s a great cause and we like to support Nico too,â€ť said Skalski, who came with his wife, Violette, and the coupleâ€™s daughter, 2-year-old Lydia. â€śI think itâ€™s amazing how someone so young could have an understanding that there are other kids out there suffering. And heâ€™s so anxious and willing to help.â€ť
Nico, Violette Skalski said, â€śis a great role model for young kids to think about other children in need.â€ť
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.