- The Kansas City Star
- Ben and Carter Wilson, 10 and 8, ran a lemonade stand last week to raise funds for legal defense for migrant children.
- John told to the Kansas City Star that he and his wife looked into how they could help by supporting legal defense funds and other opportunities, and his sons “followed suit” with a lemonade stand.
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Running a lemonade stand is a common summer activity for kids looking to make a quick buck. But for these two Kansas boys, each cup of lemonade sold helps a migrant child at the border.
Brothers Ben, 10, and Carter Wilson, 8, set up a lemonade stand last Thursday in their hometown of Overland Park, Kansas, selling a cup of lemonade for a dollar. The pair plans to donate all proceeds to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization that provides legal representation to children seeking asylum.
“They happened to see parts of the story on the news, so they thought they would want to do something to help,” John Wilson, their dad, told the Kansas City Star.
John told to the Kansas City Star that he and his wife looked into how they could help by supporting legal defense funds and other opportunities, and his sons “followed suit” with a lemonade stand.
The brothers don’t know everything about the border crisis, as their parents are trying to protect them from the more “troubling” aspects of the situation, John told The Star, but Ben and Carter are aware that there are kids that need help, and the boys are willing to provide it.
“I don’t think there are deep conversations necessarily about some of that are more troubling about it, so what they did happen to see on the news was that there are kids that need assistance at the border,” John told the Kansas City Star. “But other than that, in terms of details, that’s not something we necessarily share openly.”
Ben sympathized for the kids at the border, hoping they can soon be reunited with their parents and live in America.
“I would want them legally to be able to come to America or to be able to live in America, just without being forced into these places away from their parents,” Ben said in an interview with the Kansas City Star. “I just hope they can have a normal life in America.”