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Sisters serve up cider and raise money to help The Leaven kids

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Riley Bilafer pets "Tanner" owned by Andrew Mayben, far left, on the corner of Green Valley and Rockville road, Saturday. Riley, along with her sister Reagan and with the help of their mother Keli, were offering free cider and pumpkin bread while asking for donations for The Leaven center. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — For the third year in a row a pair of Green Valley girls flagged down cars and served up hot apple cider and fresh pumpkin bread, Saturday, to passersby in the name of raising money to support the children of The Leaven’s programs.

Reagan and Riley Bilafer spent Saturday afternoon at the cider stand at the intersection of Rockville and Green Valley roads, waving to passing cars and bringing a bit of holiday cheer to anyone who came by.

“We just like to do this . . . and just come out and let’s all get together for some merriment and then we take all the money and we tithe off of it, which is an important lesson for us, and the kids go through the catalog and they shop for items the want,” said mom Keli Bilafer, The Leaven’s development director.

Along with tasty treats, the kids were handing out The Leaven’s holiday Catalog for the Children, which lists the different ways to financially support the children The Leaven serves.

Those include summer camp sponsorships, bibles, school supplies and more.

“This year we’re looking at doing the sponsor a child and the field trips,” Keli Bilafer said, adding that the girls raised about $475 last year.

“We go into the actual apartment buildings and take over the common room, so it’s a big partnership between the city and the property owners,” Keli Bilafer said. “And we go in and we open the tutoring center for four to five days a week and it’s all no cost to the participants and we cap it off at about 20 students per center per day.”

For the girls, Roo and Blue’s Cider Stand, as they named it, is a fun way to help people.

Riley, 6, said her favorite part is, “That we see people.”

Her sister agreed.

“Friends, family and this is mostly about meeting people, helping The Leaven and a lot of fun,” said Reagan, 7.

Asked how much longer they’ll do it, Reagan said, “We’ll always do it.”

For mom, it’s about teaching the kids to serve and to be a part of the community.

“It builds community and it’s a nice way to get to know your neighbors,” she said.

Throughout the crisp afternoon, people stopped by to warm up with the homemade cider and pumpkin bread, while dropping donations in the girls’ jar.

By mid-afternoon, they had raised about $250.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

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