Annual 'LemonAid' event raises money for charity on 9/11

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The annual LemonAid event on Sept. 11 in River Forest does much more than sell lemonade. Since its inception, more than $200,000 have been raised for local charities. (WLS)

The annual LemonAid event on Sept. 11 in west suburban River Forest does much more than sell lemonade. Since its inception, more than $200,000 have been raised for local charities.

This year's even benefitted a youth mentoring group in Chicago's Austin neighborhood called Kidz Express.

The annual party takes a somber day of remembrance and turns it into kids taking action help build a better world. The day of action was established in 2002 in member of the Sept. 11 attacks. Led by two teenage co-chairs, residents in the 700-block of Bonnie Brae sell lemonade and other treats, offer games and live music, all for cash donations.

This year's fundraising goal was $40,000 for Kidz Express. The organization hires deserving teens to mentor at-risk kids that are 10-years-old and younger.

The event is an annual reminder that selfless giving can be infectious, even when it grows out of the shadow of national tragedy.

The 9/11 lemonade stand was originally set up as a way for kids to assist their parents in a good cause, but has evolved into kids taking leadership roles in the planning and execution of the event.

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