TODAY   |  April 21, 2013

Kids’ lemonade stand raises thousands for Boston victims

In the wake of the bombings in Boston, four little girls decided to take action. To help victims of the bombing, they poured lemonade and sold baked goods, raising thousands. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>>> in the wake of the bombings in boston, there are a few bright spots. kerry sanders stumbled upon one. a group of four little girls who chose to pitch in the best way they knew how.

>> reporter: four best friends . 9 and 10-year-olds who set up a lemonade stand and a bake sale . their goal? to help those they have never even met.

>> thank you.

>> reporter: the richard family, 8-year-old martin who died in the explosions, his 6-year-old sister who lost a leg, their mother who is now brain damaged. and at the bake sale , a toy cash register filled with very real donations.

>> they were expecting maybe to raise $100 or $200, and i think we're up to $3,000 right now.

>> reporter: the girls, brigon, lara, kieren and mary stayed up baking, making the signs. trish, one of the girl's mothers, thinks she knows why.

>> they can relate to him. he's in their age group . they can empathize with the family, and they wanted to do something.

>> reporter: for those who stopped to donate, a thank you that four little girls remind us all there is more goodness than evil.

>> this is what america is about, right here. to see these kids step up, it's encouraging.

>> thank you.

>> reporter: kerry sanders , nbc news, massachusetts.