Lemonade stand profits $1,500 for St. Jude in just 4 hours

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UNION CITY, Tenn. — Hundreds of people from all over West Tennessee came out Sunday to quench their thirst and donate to a good cause. Xavier Hinson is an 8-year-old boy with a big heart, and one thing he has been wanting to do all summer is work his own lemonade stand. “I saw a lot of people doing lemonade stands and I said, ‘Hey why don’t I do a lemonade stand?'” Hinson said. After talking about it most of the summer with his parents, they decided to let him. “He wanted to charge smiles initially because he didn’t really want anything in return. He just wanted to do it as a community service,” Xavier’s dad, Brent Hinson, said. “And then we got to talking and we decided to do it for charity, and we picked St. Jude and the community has really rallied behind him.” But according to Xavier’s parents, he is no stranger to serving others. “I have Crohn’s disease, so Xavier has grown up watching us do fundraisers and raise money for charity,” Brent said. “We’re so thankful for our child’s health and how healthy he is and how giving he is, and the thing is we want to give back to some of the kids that aren’t able to come out and do their own lemonade stand.” Hundreds of people made their way Sunday afternoon to Xavier’s Super Lemonade Stand. “He’s doing a great job, and that’s what’s inspiring and actually getting me out here to the lemonade stand,” Brad Thompson, a family friend, said. “He is working it today. He is not letting anybody leave the store without asking if they want to support St. Jude,” Xavier’s mom, Mandy Hinson, said. “He’s an amazing kid. It just makes my heart so proud that he cares about other people and wants to do something to help other people, especially kids that can’t do it themselves.” Xavier said his favorite part of the day was knowing he was giving back. “Helping St. Jude — I mean, that’s what’s been fun to me,” Xavier said. Xavier’s parents say the stand served a constant flow of customers, many donating without taking anything. Xavier raised more than $1,500 Sunday at the lemonade stand that lasted just more than four hours. His parents say they are still receiving donations for St. Jude.

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