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8/27/2012 - Virginia boy raises $500 to help neighbor with insurance costs


A Virginia child sold lemonade to help pay a neighbor's deductible.

An 8-year-old Virginia boy who sold lemonade to passers-by so he could help his neighbor pay for her property insurance deductible has raised the money he set out to achieve.

Initially reported by The Washington Post, 8-year-old Johnny Karlinchak began selling lemonade and cookies at his stand so he could help his neighbor, Elissa Myers, recover after her home was severely damaged in late June. In a short period, Karlinchak was able to raise more than $500, which was Myers' homeowners insurance deductible.

Johnny's mother, Donna, said that her son's empathy derives from enduring family tragedy - as his 6-year-old sister died in a car accident four years ago - and seeing how his neighbors helped raise money for a community pool that was built in his sister's honor.

The storm that affected the Springfield, Virginia, community was part of an intense weather event that was over 600 miles long. The National Weather Service says the windstorm brought gusts in excess of 90 mph.

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