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9-Year Old’s Lemonade Stand Inspires Others To Help Detroit

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You might remember the story from last week about 9-year old Joshua Smith, who was so upset by news stories about Detroit’s latest budget crisis that he decided to do something about it, one glass of lemonade at a time. His giving spirit has now inspired others. Hit read more to see how.

Joshua set a goal of $1,000 to be given to the city of Detroit to mow vacant lots and fix up city parks. As of last Friday, his modest lemonade stand, in front of his parent’s home on the city’s west side,  had generated $3,392.77!  Donations continue to pour in, and people have been moved to action. The Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group, mowed the two parks closest to Joshua’s home. Basketball players from the University of Michigan came to visit Joshua with t-shirts and hats signed by the team. They also purchased $20 worth of lemonade.

Joshua has also been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation. ‘I’m just getting a lot of support,” said Joshua, “and that makes me feel good.”

Who knows what Joshua will accomplish with a spirit like his? I have a feeling that we haven’t heard the last from this remarkable young man!

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