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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Johnny Karlinchak, 8, gets wide attention for lemonade stand

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.


Johnny Karlinchak, 8, who is selling lemonade to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home, signals to passing motorists along Queensbury avenue on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)

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.

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