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$3000 Lemonade

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$3000 Lemonade, Lemonade stands are cute and classic and summery and make for great photo ops and all of that, but I have to admit — I never considered them to be viable moneymakers. You know? Especially nowadays, when more often than not kids are stuck shouting, “LEMONADE!!” to people in cars who aren’t about to pull over for a beverage prepared by little people with questionable hygiene.

Anyway, 9-year-old Joshua Smith of Detroit has totally proven me wrong with the lemonade stand he set up near his family’s house: In less than a week, he raised over $3,000! But that money isn’t going in HIS pocket. Nope, Joshua is raising money for his financially-challenged city. Why would a 9-year-old embark on such a philanthropic project, you ask?

Just … because.

That’s right, Joshua Smith decided (rightly) that his city could use a little help, and so, you know, he might as well make some lemonade. Sure, why not?

My first reaction to this story, I’m sorry to say, was kind of a “Hmm, that’s a decent amount of dough. Detroit can fix its own sorry self! Joshua should start a college fund!”

But then I realized something: Joshua’s parents are much better people than stingy old me because they actually encouraged their son to follow his help-those-in-need instincts. The truth is, most kids have those instincts — but they’re too often DIScouraged at home (especially when times are tight). No, we’re not sending money to that animal shelter you saw on TV! We have our own bills to pay!

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