9-Year-Old Boy Manages Makes $3,400 With Lemonade Stand To Help Out His Hometown Of Detroit

Some children these days aren’t always peddling lemonade just to give their allowances a boost — in fact one Detroit kid sold his wares last week in order to give whatever boost he could to his entire city and pulled in quite a pretty penny for such a young entrepreneur. He managed to sell almost $3,400 from his stand as of last Friday to help Detroit through its financial struggles.

The Detroit Free Press says attention from well-wishers and the media didn’t distract one 9-year-old boy from his mission of selling organic lemonade, fruit punch, water and popcorn since last Monday, with a $1,000 goal set to help his city.

He topped that goal by Wednesday, and moved on past $2,000 on Thursday until Friday’s count of a $3,392.77 profit, with additional donations arriving over the weekend.

Not only has he raised money for his community, but the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation was paying attention, and announced that it will give the boy a $2,000 scholarship after he graduates from high school if he has a GPA of at least 2.5 at that time. That grant isn’t usually handed out to anyone who isn’t a high school senior.

“Special consideration for a scholarship was given to Joshua because, at such a young age, he is an enterprising civic-minded young man who shares Mrs. Parks’ spirit of service and commitment to building a brighter future in his community,” said the foundation president.

The boy said he’s happy things have worked out so well.

“I’m just getting a lot of support, and that makes me feel good.”

Detroit boy’s desire to help city with his lemonade stand inspires others [Detroit Free Press]



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  1. TuxthePenguin says:

    How much after the federal government takes its cut?

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Does he need to pay for a busines license if he is non-profit?

  3. GitEmSteveDaveHatesChange says:

    I totally love organic water. I’m sick of all the preservatives and fertilizer the non-organic water makers put in theirs. Drink Local.

    • Black Knight Rebel says:

      You are one of the big reason I miss gawker sites (haven’t been on giz in years) Glad to see you wandering around to other places on the net.

  4. JustJayce says:

    The city didn’t shut him down? Oh wait… he gave his money to corruption. Its an autobribe.

  5. Jane_Gage says:

    3,400 is to Detroit like band aid is to massive head wound.

    • cactus jack says:

      You could buy like 3 burned down and copper-stripped houses!

      • Difdi says:

        Three? More like thirty these days. Every time you think Detroit has hit rock bottom, they break out the pickaxes.

    • PragmaticGuy says:

      It’s the thought that counts…just like when your SO doesn’t get you a birthday present but says that they meant to.

    • quail20 says:

      But the value of good-will, media attention, moral, etc. is priceless.

    • MarkFL says:

      The kid is 9. Surely you don’t expect him to put the city in the black. And few private citizens in Detroit, or anywhere else, would come up with anything close to $3400 in a week.

      Now let’s just hope he hasn’t learned something along the lines of, “If you don’t cut my family’s taxes, I’m moving the lemonade stand to East Lansing.”

  6. dush says:

    Was that net or gross?

  7. aleck says:

    “Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation …will give the 9 year old boy a $2,000 scholarship after he graduates from high school”

    By that time, the scholarship will cover one text book for his freshman class.