Kids Turn Lemons Into Lemonade for Japan

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    Kids in North Texas are doing what they do best to raise money for the disaster victims in Japan. They're setting up lemonade stands.

    Take it from a 5-year-old, who's watching what's happening on the other side of world and doing something about it in Dallas.

    A Small Gesture With Big Results

    [DFW] A Small Gesture With Big Results
    A small charge for some lemonade helps raise money for the victims of the disaster in Japan. (Published Thursday, Mar 17, 2011)

    "There was a tsunami the water went over the city. And the people all around America are trying to help," said Hudson Plaskoff, who co-founded the small nonprofit organization, Lemons to Aid, with his mother, Melissa.

    Children across North Texas, and the rest of the country, are joining the cause and setting up their own lemonade stands. Parents are teaching their children how to give. They're taking the saying to heart that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

    Hudson feels "sad because all the people have to live somewhere else now."

    The Plaskoffs set up a lemonade stand Thursday in the Preston Royal Shopping Center in Dallas. They sold cups of lemonade and cookies for 50 cents each, but people gave much more, dropping large bills into the donation jar.

    "In these situations, people want to give. Not everyone knows how. When a child is spending their time selling lemonade and trying to make a difference, who's going to say no to that?" said Melissa. "The fact that this little boy started this a year ago with Haiti [earthquake], it's amazing what the power of a child can do."

    "The people that sell the lemonade, they have the money, so they give it to other people. And then we help rebuild the houses," said Plaskoff.

    The Plaskoffs' lemonade stand raised more than $1,000 in just a couple of hours.