A 9-year-old boy from Idaho raised nearly $2,000 at his lemonade stand and donated the earnings to the Idaho Humane Society.
9-year-old, Ben Miller, has been running his lemonade stand for the past few years. He began in 2019 where he earned $200. He took a break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but in 2021, it has grown to $600. This year, he has earned nearly $2,000 and has been donating all of his money to the Idaho Humane Society.
Before opening a lemonade stand, he visited the Idaho Humane Society with his grandmother, and quickly noticed how the cats didn’t have enough supplies. Out of his love for cats, he decided to donate all his proceeds to the animal shelter so they could get the necessary supplies for them.
“I started two years back and the first time I donated about $200, and the second time I donated about $600, and this time about $1,150,” Ben said. “I usually sell lemonade, lavender lemonade, and cookies and dog treats.”
Once word got around about Ben’s cause, people came from many different places to support him. Ben’s mother, Amy Miller, was amazed by the community’s love and participation.
“People traveled from almost an hour away, saying that they had heard about it on the radio, and it was absolutely incredible,” she said. “I’m so proud of him and his heart. He makes me so happy.”
According to the Idaho Humane Society, they plan on using the donations to get veterinary care, food, and other supplies for cats. During Miller’s second year, the shelter featured his efforts on its social media platforms. It has inspired many other animal lovers to donate to Ben via Venmo if they didn’t have the chance to stop by his lemonade stand.
Kristine Schellhaas, the communication manager for the Idaho Humane Society, has been very grateful for Ben and his lemonade funds.
“We are always in short supply of cat donations,” Schellhaas said, “and since Ben loves cats, we’ll definitely use it to help cats! We are just so thankful.”
She also said that individual donations are crucial in helping the shelter’s operations.
“A lot of our individual donations do add up,” she said. “Every dollar counts. Seeing kids like this is really heartwarming for us. We’re so grateful, especially for our youth.”
As Ben continues running his lemonade stand, he doesn’t plan on stopping his fundraising efforts any time soon.
“I think I’m going to do this every year, or at least as long as we can,” he said.