09 Aug '12, 3pm

9-year-old’s lemonade stand raises over $3,000 for Detroit parks

Detroit’s Joshua Smith, 9, just wanted to play in the park in the summer. But Detroit, you might have heard, is a little short on cash right now, and one of the consequences of that budget gap is that parks like the one in Smith’s neighborhood do not get mowed all that often. With the grass so tall, the park had become a bit of a trash dump, and Smith’s mom didn’t want him playing amidst god-knows-what garbage. Instead of moping and watching TV, though, Smith took matters into his own hands. He started fundraising, using an age-old childhood entrepreneurship tactic: the lemonade stand. The Detroit Free Press reported last week : Joshua set a $1,000 goal. By Wednesday, he topped it. Then he set a $2,000 goal. By Thursday, he topped that, too — gaining $2,175.64. By the end of Friday, Joshua had made a $3,392.77 profit, and donations continued to come in Saturday, said his m...

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