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Lemonade stand run by 9-year old helps others

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Posted at 9:20 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 12:20:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A 9-year old in Ocean Beach is using his lemonade stand to help others.

Dylan Rodriguez sets up his lemonade stand on Bacon Street every Wednesday near the OB Farmer's Market. Initially, he wanted to make some money for himself.

"He wanted to raise a $100 bill," says his mother, Holly Raines.

But after accomplishing that goal, his efforts became more altruistic.

"It feels nice helping somebody out, because, if I was in that position, I would like a lot of help too," says Dylan.

Over the past three years, he's used some of the money from the lemonade stand to pay for a handful of charitable projects. He's given backpacks of supplies to the homeless, bought art supplies for kids at Rady's Childrens Hospital and bought holiday presents for refugee families.

"It makes me satisfied knowing that he's got a giant heart," says Raines.

Recently, Dylan's giving has become more personal. One of his friends was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy. Dylan decided to help with payments for his treatments.

"He needs a lot of money for each treatment," says Dylan. "It's, like, $10,000 each time. So I'm trying to raise money for him."

In June, Dylan was able to give his friend $200. He says he'll keep giving his lemonade money to his friend indefinitely.

"I'd like to give him $10,000," says Dylan. "I don't know if I can get that much money, but I'm hoping to make a lot of money for him."