It’s been a whirlwind week for Johnny Karlinchak, the 8-year-old Springfield boy who put up a lemonade stand to help his neighbor’s storm-damaged house.
The story of his big heart made local news, several national news outlets and was a hit on social media, with people across the country tweeting his name, and thousands “liking” his story on Facebook.
He reached his goal of raising $500 for his neighbor’s deductible, and he kept on selling 50-cent cups of lemonade. To date, his stand has raised about $1,000, and donations keep coming.
Johnny was inspired by his neighbors’ generosity four years ago when tragedy hit his own family: His six-year-old sister Kelly was killed in a car accident. Now he says he wants to give back.
Johnny is scheduled to be honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tuesday for his “initiative and outreach to the community,” according to the county press office. He will get a certificate to hang on his wall.