KIDS' lemonade stands are now able to get coronavirus "bailout" money from Country Time Lemonade.
As the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on businesses across the United States, Country Time has chosen to focus on "the smallest of small businesses" with a stimulus check program called "The Littlest Bailout."
“We know this will be a rough summer for lemonade stands," the company states on The Littlest Bailout webpage.
“And if the big guys are getting bailed out, why shouldn’t we help the littlest entrepreneurs get the same treatment?”
Country Time Lemonade has created an economic relief program to "help the smallest of small businesses: lemonade stands."
The company will hand out "stimulus checks" to lucky kids under the age of 14 – with hopes to help them "preserve the values of lemonade stands, honest work, and entrepreneurship, while putting a little juice back into the economy."
For a chance to be awarded a $100 stimulus check, applicants must write and submit an essay in English.
According to the officials rules, essays must be written in English and not be longer than 255 characters.
Essays must answer the following question: "How would your child use their stimulus check to juice the economy?”
In addition to an essay, a photo of the child's lemonade stand is also required.
A $100 Visa prepaid card will be given out to one thousand grand prize winners.
"When life gives you social distancing, make lemonade," the advertisement's voiceover states.
No purchase is needed to be eligible for the bailout.
Legal residents of the 50 United States (including Washington, DC) can apply if they are the parents or legal guardian of a child working a lemonade stand.
Eligible children must be under 14 years old or younger.
“Country Time has a history of helping lemonade stands when they are in trouble, like stepping in to pay for permit fees and fines, and this year is no different," Country Time's Andrew Deckert said in a statement.
"Due to social distancing guidelines, lemonade stands aren’t what they used to be, and we want to help kids foster their entrepreneurial spirit by offering a small relief to those who can’t operate their lemonade stands this summer.”
Anyone interested in applying for a chance to get a $100 bailout for their child's lemonade stand business can sign up on the Country Time Bailout website.
Applicants have until August 12 to apply and only one prize per household is permitted.
Winners will be randomly selected on or around August 13.
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