LemonAID

Eleven-year-old Silas Zeidler prepares cups of lemonade at his Juicing for Jesus LemonAID stand in front of Zinc Total Salon on Craghead Street on Saturday. Zeidler is raising money for God’s Pit Crew to rebuild a school destroyed by flooding on May 26 in Moffett, Oklahoma.

Eleven-year-old Silas Zeidler will give you his family’s secret lemonade recipe. All you have to do is donate $100,000 to God’s Pit Crew.

Zeidler gave away cups of the tasty beverage in the sweltering heat Saturday in front of Zinc Salon on Craghead Street to get donations for God’s Pit Crew so the group can help rebuild a school destroyed by flooding in Moffett, Oklahoma, on May 26.

The Danville resident spent Wednesday with relatives squeezing 800 lemons — 1,600 lemon halves — for his Juicing for Jesus LemonAID stand that was set up Saturday.

His goal was to raise $10,000 for God’s Pit Crew, a local charitable organization that provides disaster relief and gives to other organizations in the Dan River Region, to rebuild the school in Moffett.

But this isn’t the first time Zeidler has given his time and labor for a cause.

In 2017 and 2018, he squeezed 1,300 lemons, made lemonade and raised $15,000 for God’s Pit Crew to help out victims from Hurricane Harvey two years ago as well as local residents hit by Tropical Storm Michael in October.

He first got the idea after seeing pictures of elderly residents affected by Harvey in 2017.

“I thought, ‘how could I help?’” Zeidler told the Danville Register & Bee in the middle of quickly pouring lemonade for donors stopping by to grab a cold cup of relief from the heat.

“It feels good to know I’m helping people after their school’s been flooded,” Zeidler said of his current project.

His mother, Tanya Hilliard, owns Zinc and is a hairstylist there.

“He’s a great kid and he has a great big heart,” she said of her son.

Sandra Adams, Zeidler’s grandmother and a volunteer for God’s Pit Crew, said the group will use the money to buy supplies for rebuilding the school.

“He’s really a soft- hearted kid,” Adams said of her grandson while taking donations. “He just said, ‘I want to do something.’”

Come next month, Zeidler will put his passion into action when he travels to Moffett on Aug. 15 to 18 to help victims there.

As for the lemonade recipe, he was hesitant to give it up when asked for it.

“I don’t know if I can say,” he said.

But he did say he would give it away for a $100,000 donation to God’s Pit Crew.

Those who didn’t make it to the event Saturday can donate and enjoy a glass of virtual lemonade at godspitcrew.org. Just click “make a donation,” choose “Juicing for Jesus” in the drop-down box or type “LemonAID” in the special instructions.

Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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