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Kids' Lemonade Stands Rake In Big Bucks For Fort McMurray Evacuees

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Ever since wildfires began their tear across Fort McMurray, Canadians across the country have stepped up to help, including kids.

And when life gives you lemons, a lemonade stand is the way to go.

Young Canadians in British Columbia, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Ontario have set up shop, selling lemonade to raise money for Fort McMurray evacuees. A Grade 2 class in Ontario even coined the hashtag #kidshelpymm to track some of the efforts.

Some of the young, entrepreneurial philanthropists include three girls from Drumheller, Alta., a town about 600 kilometres south of Fort Mac, spent their weekend selling lemonade and iced tea to raise money for pet supplies through the Fort Mac SPCA.

On Saturday, students from Edmonton also set up a stand and pulled in $2,000 for the Red Cross.

Canadians have donated more than $30 million to the Red Cross, and the federal government has pledged to match money raised by the organization.

The young Albertans plan to add their donations to the pool, and so do many other kids across the country.

Alexander Tuck, a five-year-old from Whitby, Ont., sold lemonade with his mother Danielle at a local shopping centre Saturday, and watched as passerby pushed $10, $20 and $100 bills in his donations box, CTV reported.

By the end of the day, Alexander had raised more than $2,500.

Further west in Etobicoke, twins, Connor and Jonathan Muia and their cousin Dawson Schigol racked up more than $400 for the Red Cross, and their parents promised to match their earnings, according to the CBC.

A P.E.I. reporter tweeted another photo of some generous young Canadians who raised $500 to support relief efforts.

In Maple Ridge, B.C., neighbourhood friends from ages 15 months to 10 years old, and their parents, shifted their already planned neighbourhood lemonade stand to a Fort Mac fundraiser. They'll be sending their profits off to either the Red Cross or Intact Insurance.

Elsewhere in North Vancouver, another group of siblings spent their Saturday squeezing lemons, but with a specific family in mind.

Tiffany Haziza told Global News, she and her kids were moved to action after seeing videos of the devastation, but they were extra motivated after learning a family friend had lost their house in the fires.

Haziza's kids will be putting their earnings towards helping their friend relocate back to B.C.

Beyoncé would be proud.

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