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Out of the Mouth of Babes: Children's Lemonade Money Going to Hospital

Sep 28, 2015 07:39AM ● By Rhett Wilkinson

Grey Burgoyne strives to wave at every car that passes for his lemonade stand. He, siblings Isla and Gavin , and Mom organized the stand after Grey said that profits should go to Primary Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy Jody Burgoyne

By Rhett Wilkinson

Across America, children do lemonade stands.

In Cottonwood Heights, Grey Burgoyne and his siblings did – for charity.

It was Grey’s idea.

The $58 that the seven-year-old and his siblings earned Sept. 19 went to Primary Children’s Hospital. It was an unsolicited suggestion that Grey made to his mother Jody Burgoyne. She said that Grey wants to help fellow children.

“Besides mature, it just goes to show what a caring, sweet boy he is,” Burgoyne said. “I think that most kids would be excited about having a lemonade stand and what are they going to be able to buy, what action figure they want.”

Grey and his siblings Isla, 5, and Gavin, 3, sold the drink at $2 per cup at their home at 7900 S. Highland Dr. in Cottonwood Heights.

The lemonade was natural. Each child helped juice lemons and Grey and Burgoyne up until midnight be previous day juicing 50 lemons. And hours later, the children strove to wave at every passing car. They made $58 total.

“It was tough to get people to stop!” Burgoyne wrote.

Grey and Isla looked forward to sharing their experience with their Oakdale Elementary classmates. The children look forward to doing it again before the weather turns.

Burgoyne was asked what it would mean if everyone was as charity-minded as Grey.

“We’d be a lot more connected with helping each other… and even people that we don’t know,” Burgoyne said. “These families are facing the hardest, probably scariest time of their lives. And money won’t be the first thing that they are thinking about. They should be focusing on getting better and healthy and be loved.”

The money would be donated through Pennies by the Inch, Burgoyone said. Through the program, thousands of volunteers each year go door-to-door inviting friends and neighbors to measure tall when giving generously for children in need.