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Family raises hundreds of dollars with lemonade stand

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On a hot summer day there's nothing better for kids than setting up a lemonade stand and earning a few extra dollars. But can you imagine raising a couple hundred bucks... And then giving it all away? News Leader Nine caught up with one Columbus family that did just that.

One of the lemonade stand workers, Raley Coppedge told News Leader Nine, "We wanted to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand for people who have cancer."

Instead of keeping the proceeds of serving up cold glasses of lemonade, the Coppedge family is letting their hard work pay off for others.

"I read them the story of Alex and since Alex was 8 when she passed away from cancer -- our girls are 4, 5, 8 and 8 -- so we thought it would be a great way to show them how we can help kids their own age who are fighting cancer," said the girls' mother, Regan Coppedge.

When the girls tell people what their money is going towards, customers usually fork up more than your typical 25 cents.

The oldest daughter, Ally Coppedge said, "We're raising money for Alex's Lemonade Stand. Our goal was $200 and we did that so now it's $400."

Reese Powell added, "We've been selling a lot. We have a lot of money in the donation thing and we're going to give it away to people who need it."

After the success with the lemonade stand, the family plans to support this cause at least once a year.

"It's very rewarding and we feel so blessed that our children want to give back to kids," said Regan.

Ally told News Leader Nine, "I like it and I think it's a good idea for kids to do because that way children who are sick can maybe get better." 

If you'd like more information, or you want to learn how you can donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand, you can visit the official website at www.alexslemonade.org

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