Aug. 4—Aiden Hall, an 11-year-old Logansport boy, wanted to make a simple gesture when he decided to donate his lemonade stand earnings to the Logansport Police Department K-9 fund.
Instead, he inspired the community as his plans spread across social media last Friday, July 29. A steady stream of cars stopped by his home to buy lemonade and snacks.
When the day ended, Hall had raised $1,022.88. He gave the LPD the check Thursday afternoon on the second floor of City Hall, 601 E. Broadway St. Officer Cody Strong and his patrol dog Snupy greeted Hall and Chief of Police Travis Yike thanked him.
Strong presented Hall with two commemorative coins and a K-9 unit patch.
When Hall learned how much money he had raised Friday night he cried, said his father, Bryce Hall, a former member of the K-9 unit.
Hall said he finally closed the lemonade stand at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening. It didn't stop the donations from coming. People walked up to the family's house to continue giving money.
"My whole heart is full," said his mother, Adriana Albright. "He's always been such a great kid but to come up with this idea on his own and to be so emotional about it. It's just great. And the community coming together, it showed him the power of people coming together."
Albright said that both she and her husband were surprised by the success her son had. Many people came from outside of Logansport to donate to the cause, she said.
"He was so excited," she said. "He didn't want to shut down. 'Just an hour more.'"
His stepmother, Elaine Hall, and stepfather, Josh Albright, were also on hand.
Hall will be a sixth-grader at Columbia Sixth Grade Academy when the Logansport Community School Corporation starts classes next Wednesday, August 10.