After learning about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it caused in Houston,
Richmond natives Lori Agbabian (age 11) and Arman Agbabian (age 8) felt a call to
action and set up a lemonade stand on Sept. 3 to raise money for relief efforts.
The youth, along with their parents Bryan and Valina Agbabian, set up the stand at the
exit to the parking lot at Baker Beach at the Presidio, at the corner of Lincoln and
Initially the youth were a bit nervous because they had never interacted with the general
public in such an open way. However, they were soon met with smiling faces and
supportive comments by all, even those who did not participate in the fundraising effort.
Coincidentally, Joseph Panugaling and his family happened to walk by; they were victims
of Hurricane Harvey and were in town staying with family until they were able to return
home. They showed pictures of their flooded home and neighborhood.
The Panugalings were very touched by the efforts of the children and thanked them and
took pictures of the lemonade stand to share with their family and friends back
The children squeezed 25 pounds of lemons to make seven gallons of home-made
lemonade. Their hours of preparation and good will were met with tremendous support
from thirsty beachgoers, cyclists, pedestrians and drivers who pulled over.
Altogether, the Agbabian youth raised $371, and their parents matched their funds, so a
total of $742 was sent to the Natural Disaster Emergency Relief Fund earmarked for
Hurricane Harvey victims through the Armenian Missionary Association