The motto of this particular lemonade stand, printed on T-shirts, was “Kids Helping Kids.” And for three hours, Sept. 11, in the 700 block of Bonnie Brae, 15 River Forest kids raised a lot of money for other, less fortunate kids-a cool $3,300, in fact.

For the sixth year in a row, children and moms manned the lemonade stand as people stopped by, dropping everything from jars full of change to $50 bills-even $100s-into an old fish tank, and helped themselves to lemonade or water and cookies, cupcakes and popcorn.

“People were so amazingly generous, you wouldn’t believe it,” said Millie Flannery, head mom who oversaw the event.

“I think people were looking for a way to recognize the day and to remember those who died back then,” she said. Beautiful weather and a crowd of cute and ever-so-earnest kids, age 3-12, certainly didn’t hurt sales.

Every year the Bonnie Brae lemonade stand benefits a different organization that helps area children. This year the money goes to the Cluster Tutoring Program, which provides assistance to 71 children at two sites, one in Austin and the other at the First United Presbyterian Church in Oak Park.

-Bill Dwyer

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