Osceola 9-year-old holds lemonade stand for OK tornado victims

OSCEOLA, Ind. -- A third grader set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

A little ice, and some plastic cups.

For Gabby Thompson, it's the little things that matter.

"People are going to need me," Thompson said. "I just can't stick around laying on the couch thinking about myself."

A summer lemonade stand is pretty common in the small town of Osceola, but this one is different.

"Donations only," Thompson said. "You can put in a nickel, or you can put in a dollar."

This one is for Moore, Oklahoma.

When she sat that town devastated, she got to work making lemonade. The 3rd grader is raising money for the people who lost everything.

"I just flipped the channel, and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh. Mom, we need to do something,'" Thompson said. "And that's how I came up with it."

Her mom, Jennifer, fully supported the idea. She encourages her kids to do what's right.

"If your child comes to you with an idea that they want to help with, take them seriously."

Gabby has been collecting donations with friends all week long.

She doesn't have a set goal in mind, but would like to raise a few hundred dollars-- saying every little bit counts.

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