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Nine-Year-Old’s Business to Help Local Nonprofit

Parents always hope and pray their children grow up to be generous and productive adults, and one local mom is so thankful 9-year-old is already making a good start with his own lemonade stand that will donate proceeds to Paradise Ranch, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding facility for young people and adults with special needs.

Kenya Dossett said her youngest son Sawyer has been planning his own business all year and is realizing his dream on June 8, with his own lemonade stand in their front yard in Pleasant View. Dossett, a volunteer at Paradise Ranch and owner of 24 Catering, said her son has always been interested in her business, and has “always thought of others instead of himself, and has one of the biggest hearts around.”

When asked about why he likes helping others, Sawyer said without hesitation, “It just feels good.” And as for how he’d like to see the money used, he’d like to buy new saddles for the horses, he explained.

Sawyer’s been working hard on getting the recipe just right, he said, by doing research and taste testing himself and with his mom and dad and older brother.

“Water, lemon juice, sugar, that’s what I’m putting in it. Mom and I have worked on the recipe together,” he added.

You can check out Sawyer’s lemonade stand on Chris Court in the Oak Pointe subdivision from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on June 8, Dossett said. He will be selling lemonade and some homemade treats.

For more information about Paradise Ranch, visit their website at, or call them at their facility in Springfield, Tenn., at 615-382-7256.

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