Kids Start A Lemonade Stand And Raise Thousands For Charity

You’re never too young to start being charitable. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just something as simple as a lemonade stand.

But sometimes even the smallest gestures can end up becoming a rather big deal. And one perfect example of this, is a neighborhood lemonade stand in Peoria, Illinois, which really took off.

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It started out when a group of neighborhood kids in the Knolls neighborhood got together in order to participate in a fundraiser to help raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The children got busy selling lemonade and other treats all throughout the weekend, and their hard work paid off. In total, they were able to make more than $3,500 for the good cause.

But this charitable lemonade stand isn’t in its first year. In fact, it has been several years in the making, all because of one mom’s actions. Suzanne Miller has been participating in charity races for the hospital for years, and because of her actions, her kids wanted to join in her fundraising. Hence the lemonade stand was started.

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As Miller shared with WMBD, “The first year we did it we raised $220, and we thought that was amazing. Each year, it got bigger and bigger.”

But it’s not just the profits that have increased over the years, so have the volunteers. This year, Miller’s kids were joined by her neighbor Leslie Rothan’s three kids in running the lemonade stand. And it flourished.

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Miller posted to Facebook, “The Lemonade Stand for St. Jude that our neighbors hosted this weekend raised $3,515 and donated it to my run goal. I CANNOT find the words to tell you how I feel. It’s absolutely incredible to celebrate this way.”

According to WMBD, Leslie Rothan added, “As a parent, it makes you really proud. It was their idea, obviously we wanted to support and encourage them to be as successful as possible, but it really connected the dots for them to realize what they were doing and how that money could really help save children.”

How inspiring!

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What do you think of these charitable kids? Have your neighborhood children ever done something similar? Let us know!

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