Oakwood Elementary students raise money for Day By Day Warming Shelter

Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-05 23:58:52-04

While we're still in the dog days of summer, it can be easy to forget that a harsh winter is on the horizon. 

Some Oakwood Elementary School students, however, want to help make sure no one goes cold when the weather turns.

"So many people in our community, there's even kids at school, who are homeless and to a seven-year-old that was a mind-blowing and terrifying concept," said Stephanie Heinritz, mother of Liviana Notinokey, an Oakwood student. 

Notinokey decided to open a lemonade stand to help. 

"I get a weird feeling that we're helping people, but it's for a good reason," said Notinokey.  

She's raising money for the Day By Day Warming Shelter. "We thought, we'll do what we can because this is definitely something we want to encourage," said Heinritz. 

Day-by-Day says it takes about 70 dollars to warm someone for a night. The children said they wanted to pay for two nights. They’ll end up paying for about 16, after raising $1,132.

"This community and our neighbors and friends, really rallied together and came behind these kids, and said, let us help you. This is awesome!" said Heinritz. 

"They’re taking time out of their summer, this is summer break, and they're organizing this and they're learning so many skills, in order to put this together, so incredibly proud!" said Vickie Cartwright, Oshkosh Area Public Schools superintendent. 

"All my friends get together and it's just like a play date," said Notinokey. 

While the students are definitely learning skills, they're making sure to have fun and keeping people cool while warming hearts come winter. 

If you'd like to donate, you can follow this link to Day By Day's website.