Lemonade Stand Raises Money for Oil-Soaked Pelicans

Lemonade Stand Raises Money for Oil-Soaked Pelicans

POSTED: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:21am

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 5:44pm

A little boy with a big goal takes inspiration from some underdogs who eventually achieved greatness.

Mark Terrillion set up a lemonade stand in Central Louisiana yesterday, to raise money to help fight the oil spill.

He's miles and miles from the disaster, but some of the victims are very close to his young heart, the oil-soaked pelicans.

And this enterprising 8-year-old says if a certain football team can go all the way, well, so can he.

Terrillion says, "If the Saints can win the Super Bowl, then we can save the pelicans."

Mark, who also sold baked goods, raised over a thousand dollars for his feathered friends yesterday and his little sister helped.

The money will be split between the Dawn Coastal Restoration Society and the Louisiana Wildlife Hospital.

PHOTO - Governor Bobby Jindal travelled to Grand Isle to meet with local officials today and surveyed oil impacts on the coast and view current dredging operations in East Grand Terre.

Oiled pelicans came onshore. Staff on the tour immediately dispatched the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to rescue the pelicans and take them to be cleaned and treated for any injuries. The brown pelican is Louisiana’s state bird, only recently removed from the endangered species list.

Photos courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office.