9-Year-Old Raises $3,000 for Detroit


This isn't actually going to do much for Detroit's $100 million deficit, but the story of a child who decided to take the city's financial crisis into his own hands, raising $3,000 at a lemonade stand, is still pretty priceless, thanks to the example he set with his selflessness and entrepreneurial spirit.


Joshua Smith raised the money in less than a week, Hip Hop Wired reports:

He came, he saw, he conquered. Joshua Smith had a one goal: to raise money to help the city of Detroit. In less than a week of selling lemonade, other beverages, and popcorn, the youngster raised a respectable $3,000. Given the fact that his most expensive product was only $2, Smith did a pretty good job.

The 9-year-old told his family that he wanted to do his part to aid the city, so they put up $100 to buy the items which he sold in front of his family home. Once he garnered national attention, Smith received donations from as far as South Africa. “I heard the city was in crisis because the city is broke and I was really upset,” he said.

In honor of his achievement, the city council rewarded smith with an award for outstanding achievement. He also received a $2,000 college scholarship from the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation.

Read more at Hip Hop Wired.