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Springfield’s Johnny Karlinchak, 8, raises money to help neighbor recover from derecho storm

View Photo Gallery: When the recent fierce derecho storm nearly destroyed his neighbors’ house, a Springfield boy, no stranger to tragedy, set out to do what he could.

Johnny Karlinchak has had to deal with some adult stuff in his eight years, notably the loss of his six-year-old sister in a car accident. But he also has seen neighbors rise up to help their neighbors, as the Springfield community did for his family.

So when a 60-foot oak tree plunged into the home of neighbor Elissa Myers after last month’s derecho storm, he swung into action with a full-service lemonade stand. He is trying to raise the $500 insurance deductible for Myers, and he is most of the way there.

Allison Klein’s touching story about Johnny’s is here, and Bill O’Leary’s gallery of photos from the neighborhood is above.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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