Erin Bailey owned and ran a profitable garden care enterprise in Palm Springs. However because the pandemic unfold, her checklist of purchasers rapidly dwindled — and now she has none.
“I used to be so excited to lastly have my very own enterprise and it was going so properly, then swiftly all the things simply stopped. I used to be so blissful and proud, and now I really feel like a failure,” Bailey, a single mother to 4 youngsters, advised CNN.
“It is all the time been simply me, in search of assist that wasn’t coming,” she added, whereas combating again tears. “It received so hopeless. It simply feels such as you’re strolling round in the dead of night and bumping into all the things. You simply really feel so alone, like everybody else is OK however you are the one one which’s not.”
She tried to revive her garden care enterprise, however most of her purchasers are afraid to contract the virus and don’t desire her coming to their houses. Faculty closures exacerbated the issue, as she could not discover a protected place to place her children whereas she regarded for different work.
Out of choices, the struggling mother turned to her youngsters’s lemonade stand to assist the household.
For the previous six months, Bailey and her 4 children — who’re between 6 to 10 years outdated — have spent their mornings making lemonade, packing pitchers right into a cooler, and standing outdoors within the sizzling solar promoting cool drinks to neighbors.
The enterprise is certainly not profitable. They normally earn about $30 a day, she stated, which is sufficient to afford that night time’s dinner and a few requirements, like bathroom paper.
Bailey usually skips meals to make sure her children all the time have one thing to eat.
“We use the lemonade stand cash to refill, however there have been days after I would barely eat in case considered one of them will get hungry later. It is only a worry I can not make go away,” she stated.
Her greatest worry is dropping their dwelling. The household is already behind on hire and payments are piling up.
To assist pay down the debt, Bailey’s youngsters gave her their lemonade financial savings, which that they had stashed away for toys and different enjoyable stuff.
“They have been so optimistic and simply a tremendous assist. They do not know the complete extent of what is going on on as a result of I do my greatest to shelter them from the truth,” Bailey stated. “Generally it means smiling loads and performing blissful regardless of how wired it will get, regardless of how misplaced I really feel, only for them.”
Nonetheless, issues are beginning to search for.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful to those who we’ve met alongside this tough patch,” she stated on the fundraising web site. “We nonetheless have a protracted highway forward of us (getting caught again up and discovering a brand new place) so thanks a lot for the prospect to get again on our toes.”
And with colleges returning to in-person lessons on Monday, Bailey will quickly start in search of a extra steady job.