Kids explain the most beautiful reason they can't keep lemonade stand earnings

Kids raise money to save squirrels

MAIDEN, NC (WBTV) - A group of cousins, all under the age of 11, have focused their summer on raising money for sick squirrels in North Carolina.

The group had the idea of hosting a lemonade stand but couldn't decide what to do with any funds they raised.

"Our uncle told us about squirrel pox, which is a disease that squirrels get and they can die from," Haeley Meinhardt said.

The idea of putting their earnings towards a good cause wasn't even debated.

The kids all agreed, "We want to be like Jesus wants us to be like and share with the squirrels," Hannah Meinhardt said, "We really like squirrels and we really like animals and we want to share."

The disease has been spotted in several NC squirrels and wildlife officials fear the pox may be spreading. The cousins are raising money to help aid in the capture and treatment of squirrels.

So far, they've raised more than $600 to support the cause.

They've also helped restore a little faith in up-and-coming generations. Check out the video above to see why.

For more information on how you can help the cousins reach their goal, check out a video produced by a family member here.

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