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9-year-old uses lemonade stand to help families affected by fires

Bella Goodson wanted to raise money to save for college, but changed her mind after hearing about the fires

SUNNYVALE, Texas — For 9-year-old Bella Goodson, there’s only one thing sweeter than a glass of lemonade.

“I mean, money is a child’s favorite,” she said.

She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money she planned to make from the lemonade stand she set up a couple weeks ago.

“I wanted to save it for college and buying a car when I’m older,” she said.

She changed her mind, though, before she even sold her first cup.

“She overheard us talking about the fire and how many people were impacted and, like kids do, she kind of butted in and said, ‘what? What’s going on? What happened?'” said Maggie Goodson, Bella’s mom.

Bella lives in Sunnyvale, not far from where nine families lost their homes to wildfires in Balch Springs and when she heard her mom and dad talking about the damage, she got an idea.

All the money she made selling lemonade, she would give to the families affected.

“I know that they needed it and they just needed the help to get back on their own feet,” Bella said.

She hoped to make at least $50, but got more than double that.

“I cried because I was so happy,” she said.

In the end, she only earned $113, not nearly enough to replace what was lost. But the real value is what it represented.

“Part of what makes her so happy about people finding out she has done this is that It will help inspire other people to want to help,” Maggie said.

“It makes you feel good because you’re helping someone in need,” said Bella.

And doing something sweet.

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