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Cousins set up lemonade stand to help raise money for search of missing crewmen

Posted at 12:21 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 21:09:15-04

Three St. Martinville cousins set up a lemonade stand at M&H AC and Heating Saturday in St. Martinville to help raise money for the search for the missing Seacor Power crewmen.

The cousins, Laila and Liam Arceneaux and Olyvia Bourque, wanted to do something to help those in need. Olyvia came up with the idea of a lemonade stand, her mother Malorie Maturin said, and they decided to run with it.

"We're just trying to raise our kids to help other people in need," added Korie Arceneaux, Laila and Liam's mother. "My daughter, she's five, she stated that if it was someone in her family she'd want all the help she could to bring them home"

Everything collected during the sale will go directly towards the non-profit set up by Dylan Daspit's father Scott Daspit, GulfCoast Humanitarian Efforts, to aid in the search.

There was a trailer on-site to load up for anyone who wanted to donate items to volunteers. Water, Gatorade, and snack foods are some of the items requested for donations. It started with just lemonade, but Arceneaux said people started to bring cookies, muffins, and brownies for the young entrepreneurs to sell. Even Raisin' Canes stepped in and donated some lemonade.

Arceneaux and Maturin say they had no clue what they were doing at first, and were still figuring it out even as the signs were up and the kids were bringing in money.

"We just knew we wanted to help. We're just figuring it out as we go," explains Arceneaux. "Regardless of if you know someone or not. What would you want if it were you and your family affected? We didn't know what we were doing. We still don't know what we're doing. But we're doing it."

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