Provo, UT — (KUTV) A one-of-a-kind lemonade and cookie stand in Provo is bringing in tens of thousands of dollars. But not one penny of it is going into the pocket of the young owner’s personal account.
At 12 years old, Zack Francom knows cookies. For the past six years he’s helped his mom make thousands of them in the kitchen of their Provo home. Along with the cookies, Zack has become an expert at mixing up lemonade.
But all these cookies and lemonade come with an amazing story, which started when Zack was just six years old and in first grade.
“I started doing this when a charity [LDS Philanthropies] came to our classroom and they asked every classroom to earn $86 to earn wheelchairs for people,” Francom remembered.
He knew he had to do something to raise that money.
“When, I like, saw the video of the people in the wheelchairs that needed the wheelchairs and they looked really sad, and it just broke me and I needed to help.”
So Zack went to work. He came up with the idea to set up a lemonade and cookie stand. He called it, “Zack’s Shack.”
Zack’s first goal was to just raise enough money for one wheelchair but over the years, his shack grew and grew in popularity. He wasn’t just raising enough for one wheelchair, but dozens of them.
Zack has now become a household name along Center Street in Provo.
The delicious looking cookies sell for 50 cents apiece. A cup of lemonade is also 50 cents. It doesn’t sound like a lot of money but you add that up over a six year period and Zack has raised about $60,000.
Zack’s story even went national with an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show where he got an extra $5,000.
“It always feels really good because every time you sell a cookie, you know you are one step closer to getting a wheelchair to change someone’s life,” Francom said.
He’s a 12-year-old boy who didn’t settle for just one goal but many more still to come.
“You can’t just do it for one year and say, ‘Oh done with helping,” Francom insists.
His ultimate goal is to one day travel to one of the third world countries to actually deliver the wheelchairs to people.
The wheelchairs have of course gone up in value over the years. They are no longer $86 a piece but now $143. He only sells once a year and this past April he sold some 500 dozen cookies.
If you want to help visit www.itfeelsgreattogive.com.
By Dan Rascon