PHILLIPSBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – In the wake of deadly Police shootings in Baton Rouge, Dallas and Kansas City, a group of kids at home is paying it forward to the victims families.
3 Phillipsburg siblings–the oldest 13, the youngest just 5–all decided today was the perfect day for a lemonade stand, but they didn’t want to keep a dime of the money. Instead, they’re donating one hundred percent of their sales to the victims’ families. Now, many in this small tight-nit community are showing up to help the cause.
For 13-year-old Dylan, after hearing what happened it only made sense to do what he could to help out–but not without his brother and sister lending a hand.
“We just like helping others and raising money to help people in need,” Dylan said.
“They did it two years ago for the Wounded Warriors so they said Grandma I think we need to do a lemonade stand again,” Teri Ullrey said. “And asked can we do it this time for the fallen officers.”
Dylan along with his brother Devin and sister Dakota posted signs throughout their neighborhood, advertising the stand. Soon customers started coming. Some dropped off money, taking nothing in return.
“We saw the sign down at the intersection,” customer Carey Tiernan. “And when we drove by the girls immediately saw and was like we have to come back.”
“I’m giving them till the end of the day to raise $25 dollars,” Sharon McDonely said. “If they raise that when I get paid Friday, I’ll give them $50 dollars. And even if they don’t raise that I will still give them $50 dollars.”
Getting enough money hasn’t been a concern. Since they opened, it’s being pouring in.
“These cost 50 cents and people have just been giving us five dollars,” Dylan said.
Dylan and his siblings say they have an important message for other kids their age. It doesn’t matter how old you are–anyone can make a difference.
“Just sometimes don’t think of yourself,” Dylan said. “Think about others and what they need.”