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.