Kokomo boy using lemonade stand to raise money for family of Deputy Jacob Pickett
KOKOMO, Ind. – A Kokomo boy will once again use his lemonade stand to support a fallen officer’s family.
Malachi Fronczak touched Hoosiers’ hearts last year after the death of Southport Officer Aaron Allan by raising money for Allan’s family.
“Our hearts and prayers go to the family of Officer Jacob Pickett. He lost his life in the line of duty today. We will unfortunately be opening the stand again soon to raise funds for his family,” said a post on the Facebook page dedicated to the lemonade stand.
The stand will open at Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, 201 Southway Blvd., Kokomo, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 9. All proceeds will go to Deputy Pickett’s family. Law enforcement officers drink for free.
“Please stop by and get some yummy lemonade while showing support to Deputy Jacob Pickett’s family,” the post read.
Malachi will also sell hot cocoa, since the weather looks to be colder this weekend. You’ll find him at the Kokomo Library main branch, 220 N. Union St., on Saturday, March 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Kokomo Library south branch, 1755 E. Center Rd., on Saturday, March 17, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Malachi’s father, Jason Fronczak, said his son’s heart is always in the right place.
“Well, it means a lot as a parent. It shows me where his heart is,” he told CBS4. “You know he’s always had a heart for people, a heart for the community, he definitely has a heart for police officers. [He] gets excited when they drive past the house. So he’s always had a big heart.”
Malachi’s dad said his son wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
“So giving back to the community in this way means a lot. So he understood a lot from the first time we went through this, what it meant,” he said.
Last year, Malachi used the lemonade stand to raise money for the family of Lt. Aaron Allan. He was later invited to Allan’s funeral as a VIP guest. The little boy left behind lemonade and a note at Allan’s memorial that read, “Dropped off a bottle of lemonade. I’ll share it with you in heaven.”
While Malachi is excited to open the lemonade stand, his father said he hopes they don’t have to do it again anytime soon.