Commerce City girls set up lemonade stand for Officer Gordon Beesley’s family

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ARVADA, Colo. (KDVR) — In reaction to Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley’s death, two Commerce City grade-school girls and their friends wanted to help the family. They decided to sell lemonade.

Memorials, processions and testimonials are certainly fitting, but for best friends Scarlet Reust and Addyson Elliott, they wanted to do little more.

Scarlett and Addyson went to work and did what kids do best: open up a lemonade stand. It did not take long until customers showed up, regardless of thirst.

“We sold about six jugs of the lemonade. People came and didn’t even want any lemonade but just gave us money. It just grew and grew and grew and grew and grew and grew,” Scarlett said.

“We were blown away by that, and they were like, ‘Maybe we could get to $500. Let’s go out another day,'” Scarlett’s mother, Ashley Conn, said.

The girls presented two checks each totaling $925 to Arvada Police Chief Link Strate.

“For those two little girls to think of him and to work on that lemonade stand and to give their proceeds to Officer Beesley’s family will make a statement to this department that I don’t believe I can express,” Strate said.

And it was not just money the girls wanted to give to the Beesley family.

“We wanted them to feel happy even though they lost a very good family member,” Addyson said.

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