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Awesome Kids’ Lemonade Stand Raises $3,500 For St. Jude

For decades many of us have had the pleasure of supporting local lemonade stands set up by children looking to make a few dollars for a toy and/or as a lesson in responsibility supported by involved parents.

Sometimes the motivation driving these youth is simply to raise money to help those in need.

A neighborhood kids’ lemonade stand in Peoria, Illinois raised more than $3,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this past weekend.

About a dozen kids in the Knolls neighborhood participated in the fundraiser by selling lemonade and other treats all weekend.

Suzanne Miller started the lemonade stand more than 10 years ago when her kids were small. She’s been running in charity races for the hospital for years, and her kids wanted to help support her goal.

“The first year we did it we raised $220, and we thought that was amazing. Each year, it got bigger and bigger,” she told WMBD.

“I found it was something I could do on my own, at my own pace,” said Miller. “I’m not trying to win any medals or anything, but it makes me feel good. It gives me some time to think and reflect, and it also gives me a great chance to raise money for kids.”

This year, Miller handed it off to her neighbor Leslie Rothan and Rothan’s three children.

“The Lemonade Stand for St. Jude that our neighbors hosted this weekend raised $3,515 and donated it to my run goal. I CAN NOT find the words to tell you how I feel. It’s absolutely incredible to celebrate this way,” Miller wrote in a Facebook post.

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“As a parent, it makes you really proud. It was their idea, obviously, we wanted to support and encourage them to be as successful as possible, but it really connected the dots for them to realize what they were doing and how that money could really help save children,” Rothan said.

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