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Detroit Boy Donates Lemonade Stand Profits to City — Woo’s World

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This is one of those human interest stories that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when you
read it. Nine-year old Joshua Smith of Detroit wanted to do something about the state of his city. So the young boy set up a lemonade stand near his home in the hopes of raising $1,000, which he would present to the city to help with its financial crisis.

Thanks to the sheer generosity of his plan, the media provided the young man with a helping hand. Joshua raised well over his $1,000 goal. In one week’s time, he had raised a whopping $3,392.

Joshua’s success received plenty of attention. He was visited by the stars of the University of Michigan basketball team and offered a $2,000 college scholarship.

When asked about his phenomenal success, Joshua replied, “I’m getting a lot of support, and that makes me feel good.”

Here’s my question: Now that the country knows about Joshua and the lemonade money he has raised, will the IRS, state, county and city governments and other Tax Organizations want their cut?

Grandmother. Gardener. Mardi Gras fanatic. Guest writer Suzy Ryan does it all. Check out more of her heartwarming memories and funny stories here. If you have a question for The Woo or want to share your own story, drop a line:

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