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A 9 year old boy is on a mission to help the city of Detroit and he is making a big difference in more ways than one.

Joshua Smith set up a stand Monday in front his family’s house with the goal of raising $1,000 to benefit the Motor City, which has slashed services, laid off workers and submitted to outside oversight to ease its financial woes.

Joshua, whose parents permitted him to set the prices for his wares, offered water for $1.00, lemonade and punch for $1.50, and popcorn in small, medium and large sizes for $1.00, $1.50 and $2 a bag.

Contributions came from the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Smith says Joshua plans to ask city officials to use the proceeds from his kiosk to maintain a park and playground near the family’s home in the city’s Russell Woods neighborhood.

By the time the booth ended its run Friday, Joshua raised more than $3,340, received an award for outstanding achievement from Detroit City Council, welcomed members of the University of Michigan’s men’s basketball team and earned a $2,000 award for college from the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation.


via BlackMediaScoop

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