Summer is the perfect time to set up a lemonade stand on the front lawn. It can be a great lesson in hard work and economics, and in some cases, it can even be life-changing. One boy’s lemonade stand raised $13,000 for migrant families and it’s a lesson his mom hopes he won’t soon forget.

With the help of his mom, Shannon Cofrin Gaggero, a six-year-old boy from Atlanta set up a Stand For Kids lemonade stand in his neighborhood. Gaggero says her son wanted to do something to help after she had explained to her two young kids about families being separated. “We’ve been working as a family to educate ourselves and get involved in racial justice work for 3 years and we still have so much to learn,” Gaggero told CBS News in an email.

The family had a goal of raising $1,000 and they far surpassed that thanks to the addition of a virtual stand. Twenty families from the Gaggero’s neighborhood gathered to run the stand, which raised $1,100 while another $12,000 was raised online from over 200 donors. All of the proceeds were donated to RAICES, a Texas non-profit that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

For families and kids looking to get involved with a stand of their own. Stand For Kids is an online resource to register a stand anytime this summer and donate proceeds to a coalition of non-profits.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Amy Gizienski via Flickr


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