13-Year-Old Raises Over $50,000 With Lemonade Stand And Donates Money To Children’s Hospital

by Kim Wong-Shing
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Grace McCunn is only 13 years old, but she’s already made a huge impact on her community. She donated over $50,000 to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Grace was diagnosed with chronic daily migraines when she was in fifth grade. She spent a lot of time in the hospital, and she noticed that there wasn’t very much for her to do there. There weren’t many movies, books, games, or toys.

So Grace decided to fix that. She started a lemonade stand on the corner of her street to raise money for the hospital.

“My brother, sister and I, when we were younger, would always do them for fun to raise money for ourselves,” Grace told Ames Tribune.

“I took that experience and thought about how I could use it to give back rather than keeping it for myself.”

Grace sold cups of lemonade for 25 cents. After the first week, she’d raised about $100, which she proudly presented to the children’s hospital. While she was there, she noticed a wall full of bricks with the names of donors who had donated over $10,000. She became determined to get a brick of her own.

Soon, her fundraising efforts expanded beyond the lemonade stand. She started a hot chocolate stand as well, and she spearheaded coin and toy drives. She started a yearly 5K race called the Amazing Grace Lemonade Race.

Grace is now the youngest person to ever have her name on the wall of donors, and she far surpassed her $10,000 goal.

Footage provided by WHO Des Moines 

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