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Children’s lemonade stand in Roy raises funds for families of fallen officers

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Posted at 9:39 PM, Jul 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 10:19:16-04

UTAH -- After a string of attacks against police officers across the country, two young Utahns are hoping to offer comfort to the victims' families.

Five officers killed in Dallas and three more murdered in Baton Rouge are among the recent tragedies inspiring two young brothers to help however they can.

Kaden and Carson Kimber, ages 8 and 6, set up a lemonade stand outside their Roy home. Their goal was to raise $200 for the families of the victims, but they ended up with more than $1,000 to show for their first effort.

“We couldn't have done it without the support and the people in the community, and people coming and having their kids, you look around and you see how many kids are helping us, it's amazing,” said Sherrie Kimber, the boys’ mother.

Ten days after the attack in Dallas, there was another shooting in Baton Rouge.

“They were heartbroken for those kids too, and they said: ‘We've got to do another one mom,’” Kimber said. "And it's bittersweet, you know? I mean the love is great, but it's so sad we have to do another one so close together."

The stand is covered with posters saying, "For the kids that lost their dads" and, "free lemonade for police."

For Kaden, it's a chance to say, "thank you" to those who protect us.

“We wanted them to feel loved because a lot of people hate them right now,” Kaden said.

Members of the community lined up to show their support.

“We had so many people just stop and tell us how this has affected them, that their brother's an officer, their son's an officer, their sister ...it just made the boys go, ‘Look at all this love,’” Kimber said.

The Roy Police Department is also showing their love and are honoring Kaden and Carson for their hard work and generosity in the service of fallen officers.

It was a bittersweet fundraiser with a powerful message.

“They were nice people that saved us,” Kaden said.

“There's more love than hate,”Kimber added.

The second fundraiser raised close to $900 this week. All of the money will go to families of the fallen officers in Baton Rouge.