Abilene boy raises money for charity with lemonade stand


ABILENE, Texas - A 10-year-old Abilene boy is taking advantage of the summer heat by selling lemonade to raise money for charity.

Stetson Bigham is selling lemonade for 50 cents a cup to help Abilene's less fortunate.

All day, on the first day of summer, Bigham scooped up ice and sold to customers.

"It just gives me something to do, and I love helping charity," Bigham said.

Most of his customers included family members and neighbors.

"[I sold to] Cathy, my mom [and] Sam and Kelly who live down the street," Bigham said.

Early Monday afternoon, he had a customer he didn't know by name, but by uniform -- an Abilene police officer.

"He gave me $10 for one lemonade," Bigham said.

That officer didn't just leave a big tip, he sat down and stayed for a while.

"Oh, that just made his day, him and my little ones, their faces lit up, and they were just so excited," said Misty Bigham, Stetson's mother. "He sat down, and he had lemonade with them and talked to them and gave them a hug."

As Stetson Bigham counted every dollar from the day's customers, he thought how he'll be able to play a part in making someone else's day.

"It makes me feel good in my heart, and I know it's gonna go and help somebody," Bigham said.

Bigham will be back out selling lemonade again Tuesday at his home on Harbour Town Street, off Antilley Road. He'll be out there until 5 p.m. before taking the money to the Methodist food pantry.

We checked in with Stetson's mom Monday night, and she said he raised $51 Monday. Last year, he raised about $60, and he's hoping to raise at least that much this year.

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