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8-Year-Old Raises Money For Grandma’s Funeral By Selling Kool-Aid
Newsone ^ | Jun 24, 2013

Posted on 06/24/2013 12:50:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When 8-year-old Michael Diamond (pictured) overheard his parents discussing how expensive a funeral would be for his grandmother, who passed away after battling cancer, he took it upon himself to help with the costs. The pint-sized entrepreneur came up with the slogan “Kool-Aid for a Cause” and set up his own stand so that he could raise enough money for a proper burial for his beloved grandma, reports Fox News.

Bobbie Diamond-Anderson was only 52 years young when she passed away on Father’s Day. Soon after, Michael eavesdropped on his mom, Teresa and dad, Michael Sr., who are both on disability, discussing how they had some monies saved to put toward the funeral expenses but were short $5,000.

Michael, who had a very loving relationship with his grandmother, reportedly wanted to help desperately, so he approached his mom with his idea: “He just came up and said, ‘Can I have a Kool-Aid stand; I want to help out with the funeral.’ And, I told him yeah because that’s what she would have said. Just let him do it. Even if he makes 20 cents; let him do it,” Teresa told Fox News.

The Garfield Heights, Ohio, third grader put his wheels in motion, and by Tuesday, he had set up the Kool-Aid stand. Once a local radio station got wind of the boy’s efforts, though, Michael had customers waiting to buy his drink in droves, with some reportedly driving from across the state and handing over as much as $100 for a cup of the sweet concoction.

One woman, Pamela Casserlie of Broadview Heights, who visited the stand and gave Michael $100 for his cause, told Fox News, ”When I saw this little boy, what he was doing for his family about his grandma’s funeral, tears came to my eyes. I said I have to go donate to this little boy.”

When Kraft Foods, the makers of the legendary powdered drink, heard about Michael’s efforts, they, too, sent the Diamond family a donation for the funeral.

Michael, who worked his stand every day until Sunday afternoon, was able to successfully raise the $5,000 his family needed in order to give his grandmother a proper burial.

Way to go, Michael!


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1 posted on 06/24/2013 12:50:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What is this, Dickensian England? What we need is National Funeral Insurance! /sarc off, I think...


2 posted on 06/24/2013 12:52:26 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway

The food police haven’t arrested him yet?


3 posted on 06/24/2013 12:53:43 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Hi, I’m Earl Schlubb, and I’ll bury ANY corpse for $129.95...


4 posted on 06/24/2013 12:56:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: nickcarraway
Both parents on disability?

You can never have too many government checks coming in.

5 posted on 06/24/2013 12:56:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: nickcarraway

FDA shutting the kid down in 3, 2, 1....


6 posted on 06/24/2013 12:58:04 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: nickcarraway

Should try selling the Kool-Aid at a Democrat convention. (see tagline)


7 posted on 06/24/2013 12:59:13 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: LyinLibs
"FDA shutting the kid down in 3, 2, 1...."

No they won't.

He was selling Kool-aid, not lemon-aide. Big difference.

Congratulations to little Michael!

8 posted on 06/24/2013 1:04:11 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: nickcarraway

Best part is he gets an cylinder shaped urn along with each order of inventory.


9 posted on 06/24/2013 1:07:36 PM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: nickcarraway

When asked about his grandmother, Michael responded,

“She was a Christian and she went to the Hayes Temple Church and every Sunday I went with her.”

http://fox8.com/2013/06/21/kool-aid-for-a-cause-boy-raises-money-for-grandmas-funeral/#ooid=x0Y2FwYzoQCKkmKLX-k2gZutOYzpHcgg


10 posted on 06/24/2013 1:10:53 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Affordable Burial Act


11 posted on 06/24/2013 1:13:32 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Electorate data confirms Resolute Conservative voted for Soetoro)
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To: nickcarraway
The pint-sized entrepreneur came up with the slogan “Kool-Aid for a Cause” and set up his own stand so that he could raise enough money for a proper burial for his beloved grandma, reports Fox News.

There's a good, unspoiled kid - the desire to work for one's living is natural and innate, and this kid is still young enough to know that the best way to get the money he needs is to go out and earn it. Now let's see if he can make it to adult-hood without having that spirit smothered by our culture and an educational system which have nothing but contempt for those who earn their livings or try to build their own businesses.

If this kid, against all odds, manages to keep his spirit of entrepreneurship and someday grows up to build a business which will provide income for himself and his family and create good jobs for others, people like our president and Elizabeth Warren are waiting to tell him that he didn't build that - they did, and are entitled to an ever-growing cut of his revenue.

In today's US, those who do no work themselves but declare that they are entitled to the income from your work are not considered bums - they are instead elected to the highest office in the land.
12 posted on 06/24/2013 1:15:50 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Affordable Burial Act

Wasn't the DHS buying a bunch of coffins?

13 posted on 06/24/2013 1:16:16 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: nickcarraway

Sweet story; his grandma must be smiling...


14 posted on 06/24/2013 1:19:13 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Exactly. We cannot allow the disparity in burial arrangments to continue. The poor dead people are deserving of the same funeral services, burial rites, cemetery plots, flowers, live bands, headstones, parties, etc. as the rich dead people. And why save the 21 gun salutes for veterans? It is only due to poverty that all dead people did not serve our country in the military. If we just take some more money from the 50% who pay taxes, we can make sure that no poor dead person is a victim of this cruel inequity of the “haves” and the “have-nots” in death. (/s)


15 posted on 06/24/2013 1:26:29 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: nickcarraway
Somewhere, some government functionary is drawing up papers to cite the kid for not having the proper Lemonade Stand licensing.

I'd bet the fine will be around 5K.

16 posted on 06/24/2013 1:30:14 PM PDT by wbill
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To: mlizzy
Sweet story; his grandma must be smiling...

Unless she's still alive.

Then, she's probably pretty angry.

17 posted on 06/24/2013 1:30:15 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: nickcarraway

“....discussing how they had some monies saved to put toward the funeral expenses but were short $5,000.”

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Short $5,000??? Hello!!! Do these people not know they can get Grandma planted for about $795.00?


18 posted on 06/24/2013 1:53:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Cleveland suburb, right next to where I grew up.
Funeral home biz is good, people are dying to get in....


19 posted on 06/24/2013 2:00:45 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I know a family that did that.The 5 kids stood on a corner and collected money for their Grandmom’s funeral.Mom had best of everything and loved to spend money.They raised some money.


20 posted on 06/24/2013 2:09:06 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yeah. The Grandmother was only 52 so her son or daughter and their spouse should be in their 30’s!


21 posted on 06/24/2013 2:20:17 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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