DETROIT -- A 9-year-old boy who sold lemonade with the aim of helping his cash-strapped city improve its finances has raised $3,600 -- more than tripling his $1,000 goal.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/O001AA) Joshua Smith presented Detroit a check Tuesday for more than $2,800. His father, Flynn Smith, says the rest will be sent by electronically.
The sale began last week. Joshua says he heard a radio report about the city's money problems while heading to his piano lessons and decided to take action. The city's budget deficit exceeds $200 million, and Detroit this year entered into an agreement with the state that's aimed at fixing the city's finances.
The money is expected to be earmarked for parks and recreation. Joshua's sale also included fruit punch, water and popcorn.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com