Twelve-year-old Alexx Christian’s donation might be considered meager to some – only a lump of singles and coins totaling $50. But, to The Glenda Jean Mostyn and Joe E. Moreno Educational Foundation, his donation was one of the most memorable gifts ever received.
“The generosity of our founders Steve and Amber Mostyn and the continued support of the community never ceases to amaze us,” said Monte Osburn, executive director of Mostyn Moreno. “But, Alexx’s gift truly was the most special donation we’ve ever received.”
Alexx got to know Mostyn Moreno Foundation when he first participated in the foundation’s Christmas Lights program back in 2011. The annual program, which serves over 1,200 children like Alexx who have special needs in 19 Texas public school districts, enables these students to practice social and decision-making skills by selecting and buying their Christmas presents.
After falling in love with Mostyn Moreno Foundation, Alexx decided he wanted to give back too. He put his entrepreneurial skills to the test by taking part in Lemonade Day, a national program that began in Texas and teaches kids how to start, own, and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Osburn and the Mostyn Moreno community helped spread the word about his stand and encouraged locals to stop by. By the end of the day, Alexx’s stand had enough visitors to earn $100. Not too bad for the quintessential old-fashioned lemonade stand.
Though Alexx could have spent the money any way he wanted, he decided to donate half his profits to Mostyn Moreno so children with challenges similar to his own could benefit from the programs that bring him joy. Others were also inspired by Alexx’s passion and selflessness and decided to match his gift, ultimately totaling a $200 donation.
“We’re truly lucky to have Alexx’s spirited participation in the Mostyn Moreno community,” said Houston attorney Steve Mostyn and founder of Mostyn Moreno Foundation. “His kind actions have sparked a unique chain reaction of generosity and we’re lucky to have him in our lives and in our programs.”
In celebration of Alexx and the success of his lemonade stand, Osburn called him to the stage at this past Christmas Lights event in Galveston and relayed his story in front of his family and friends. As Osburn said, “His ear-to-ear grin said it all.”