Running a lemonade stand is a right of passage for most young children, but three four-year-old boys stepped up their game and took the lemonade stand to a whole new level.
Last weekend at the NYC Pride, Sam, Finn, and Dean, four-year-old boys, opened a lemonade stand to raise money for the victims of the Orlando shooting. They sold lemonade and rainbow cookies for $1.
Though the young boys had a fabulous time running the lemonade stand, it was their parents that helped encouraged the idea. Sam’s mother, Stephanie Bernstein told Babble, that she told her son: “We were going to celebrate life and celebrate love by sharing some of the things that make us happiest. And we were going to try and make some money to help people who were no longer able to do this because of a terrible tragedy in Orlando.”
During the Pride parade, NYC officers and Pride goers of all types stopped to support the boys and the Orlando victims, with a few taking some awesome photos with the adorable lemonade stand managers.
By the end of the day, the four-year-old trio had made $137, but since learning of their kindness, others have contacted the families and the boys have raised $250 for the Orlando victims. Their parents even set up a GoFundMe page to raise more awareness and money for the victims and their families.
“The boys loved being responsible for the ‘store,’ and took greater pride in knowing they were doing something to help others,” said Stephanie Bernstein. “Being surrounded by rainbows and cookies didn’t hurt, either.”
Finn’s mother, Michelle Madden, made a good point, “Prejudice is learned — it is not innate. If every 4-year-old today was taught tolerance, think of the world we could look forward to…”