Kids taking a stand in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) – It may look like your normal lemonade stand. But it’s far from it.

“Today is important because we’re raising money for kids take a stand and we want to give the money to kids in detention camps,” says 7-year-old Penny Bleiweiss.

Kids and families nationwide are taking a stand to drive awareness about the continued separation of migrant families at the border. Kids here in Roanoke, aren’t just trying to help. They’re hoping their voices are heard.

“It’s really important to give them money because it really helps them to get them out of there,” states Bleiweiss.

Another child who took up the cause was Damien Wetzel who was ready to help as soon as he heard about the initiative.

“It means knowing that other kids will feel appreciative of what we have done and it just makes me feel happy that other kids can feel good.”

Families could donate and fill out postcards to send to the president. For organizer Rachel Levine. Seeing these kids stand up for what they believe is inspiring.

“As a kid how do you make sense of children being abused and traumatized by our government, I’m incredibly proud of the kids behind us they’re passionate loving kids to want to help change the world.”

For each cup of lemonade poured, was one more step to changing the world.

“It’s been really fun and we’ve got a lot of people to come by lemonade. I want to help people so people can can become whatever they want all over the world,” explains Bleiweiss.

Over 80 families attended the event. All the proceeds will be donated to Kids In Need of Defense.

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