Boy Sells $3.4K of Lemonade for Struggling Detroit

Joshua Smith wins scholarship, local celeb visits
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:21 AM CDT
Boy Sells $3.4K of Lemonade for Struggling Detroit
Joshua Smith is selling thousands of dollars' worth of lemonade to help Detroit.   (Shutterstock)

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade—then sell it to help save your crumbling city. That's what 9-year-old Joshua Smith has been doing in Detroit, reports the Free Press. Last Monday, he set up a lemonade stand near his house, hoping to raise $1,000 to help the city grapple with its financial crisis.

He quickly achieved his goal and set the bar higher and higher; by the end of Friday, his profit was $3,392.77. Joshua's success is making waves across the city: He's already been visited by University of Michigan basketball stars and has been offered a $2,000 college scholarship by the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation. "I'm just getting a lot of support, and that makes me feel good," he says. (More Detroit stories.)

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