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Buffalo girls selling lemonade to raise money for grandmother's funeral

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two young Buffalo girls are raising money for their grandmother's funeral after she died unexpectedly- by selling lemonade. 

Blanca Torres died at Buffalo General Hospital on Sunday. 

Her death came as a shock to her nine kids and 30 grandchildren. 

Torres' family said they're not financially prepared to give her a proper funeral, so two of her granddaughters got creative. 

Lily-Anna and Leeana Liz Cruz started a lemonade stand in their neighborhood to help their family pay for funeral costs.

And the donations are coming in- the Cruz girls say people have been very generous, often donating up to $25 when buying lemonade. 

 Iris Maldonado, Torres' daughter, said that their goal is to raise a couple of hundred dollars. 

Her mother had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, but her death still came as a surprise to her large family. 

"She was afraid to die, so she didn't even touch the subject of what she would've liked when she passed away- she didn't have a savings account," Maldonado said. 

Selling lemonade has been a distraction from the loss. 

The Cruz girls also lost their grandfather last year. 

If you'd like to donate, you can visit the lemonade stand at 294 Crowley Avenue on Friday and throughout the weekend, or through a GoFundMe page that's been set up here. 

 

 


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