A lemonade stand run by two young girls reportedly raised $10,000 for the police victims of the July 7 Dallas shooting.
Lauren Roach, 12, and Landry Nelon, 11, started their lemonade stand in north Dallas as a way to raise money for the victims' families, initially hoping to raise about $100, KXAS reports. However, their expectations quickly changed when people driving by spotted the girls' "DPD Donations" sign and stopped to donate amounts of money ranging from a few dollars to bunches of $50 bills.
"At first we thought we would get about $100, but after we got to about $5,000, we realized we could get this really high," Lauren told KXAS.
Lauren's mother, Tracey Roach, also commented on the lemonade stand's astounding success.
"People were just driving by," Tracey said. "They didn't want lemonade, they didn't want anything, just giving them 20s, 50s, you name it, just giving money. And everybody saying, 'Back the blue, back the blue, we support Dallas, we support families, help Dallas become a better place.'"
"We felt really bad for all the victims' families," Lauren said, explaining why the girls started the lemonade stand.
"We just really feel that every little penny counted," Landry added. The girls were helped by Emmy Roberts, 9, and her sister Lily, 8.
In all, the girls managed to raise $10,000 for the police department in two days, a sum that adds to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that the Dallas Police Association said it estimates the department has received.
The shooting, in which 25-year-old Micah Johnson allegedly killed five police officers and injured nine others at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, according to The New York Times, has led to an outpouring of support for the Dallas Police Department.
Police in Houston donated $20,000 to the department, and Southwest Airlines donated $75,000, KXAS reports.
"To just imagine the pain that they're going through, we're just hopeful that we're able to just show a little bit of support and ease some of that pain," said Houston Police Officers Union President Ray Hunt.
"It's unbelievably moving," Fred Frazier, the first vice president of the Dallas Police Association, said of the gestures of support.
"You know, you break down at night when you start thinking about everything when everybody's gone," Frazier added. "But when you go back to work, you're so busy, your mind just has to go back to work. We'll heal, its just going to take some time."