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Lemonade stand supports Interfaith Hospitality Network

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A group of kids were selling lemonade in southwest Rochester for charity on Monday the same as they've done for the last five years. Raising more than $700 last year, they have their sights set a little higher this time around.

The anticipation has been building.  The work has been put in.  It's time to open the coolers for the 5th annual Merrihills Drive lemonade stand.

"Five years ago, my two friends, Ethan and Liam Smith, we decided to do a lemonade stand," said 11-year-old Jacob Curry.

Jacob has been selling lemonade from the start.  However, this is not just another stand selling lemonade on a quiet street.  This one serves a purpose.

All the proceeds are going to Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization that assists the homeless to help them get back on their feet.

Jacob has learned 50 cents a glass can go a long way.  "Last year we had $553.29. With a matching grant of $220.00 to make it $779.79," he said.

With customers stopping by throughout the day, obtaining this years goal doesn't seem impossible.  "Our goal this year is a thousand dollars," said Jacob.  "Since we did so good last year, I figured as much we could make a thousand."

Jacob says the secret to his success is advertising mainly through email.  But their homemade road signs helped too.

As of 5:30 p.m., their total profits were more than $920.

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