LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
A little girl in Leominster is on a mission, running a lemonade stand to try and raise money for her own special needs dog.
Olivia Lambert is just 8-years-old and with a little help from her family, is running a successful lemonade and cookies stand in front of her home on Grove Avenue.
Olivia has autism and she's set up this stand to help her raise money for a therapy dog--a furry friend--who can help her cope during tough times.
"People have been giving me like dollars and they say no change to give back." she said. Lemonade and cookies are usually 25 cents each.
When word got out that she needed help, Leominster's bravest knew they had to step in. More than a dozen firefighters lined up and traded in their dollars for the fresh squeezed treat and a cookie or two.
"As firefighters, anything we can do to help, especially children...it warms our heart to help her," said Leominster Fire Department Scott LaPrade.
They handed over 20 and 100-dollar bills not to pay for lemonade, but to pay for a chance to make this girl smile.
Thanks to them and others in the neighborhood who stopped by, she's one step closer to getting her new dog, but she still has a long way to go.
Sales are wrapping up but she's already making plans to set up shop later this week.