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

(Newser) – 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.

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Aug 6, 2012 3:56 PM CDT
Boy is a racist term slave owners used to call their slaves. Shame on you newser and anyone who made the connection between Detroit and this terminology.
Aug 6, 2012 12:34 PM CDT
Clearly the liberals running Detroit were unaware of this public health breakdown, otherwise they would have shut him down: "The Inexplicable War on Lemonade Stands"
Aug 6, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
Twenty bucks say some asshat regulator shows up and shuts him down for not filing the proper tax paperwork. Nah, make it fifty. Any takers? We'll do this through Paypal.