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Kid of the Week: Julian Lin

Julian Lin, 8, New York. Julian raises money for people on Maui, where his friend Ryan lives. COURTESY JULIE MEERSCHWAM

You run a lemonade stand in New York City. What’s its purpose?

Two different things. It’s to show that kids can do the same as adults, and to help do good in the world.

What made you want to donate the proceeds to help people on Maui?

I went on vacation to Maui, where I met Ryan. He rowed a boat we went on. We became friends. Ryan lost his home in the fires. His uncle died. That made me want to help Ryan and his community and the island he loves. Maui is in trouble. It looks horrendous. If we won’t help, then really, who will?

What was the best part of this project?

Seeing Ryan and knowing how much it affected him. I feel happy we’re helping people on Maui. I also feel sad. It’s hard to compute.

What advice do you have for kids who want to help others?

Doing good feels good. And a lemonade stand is always a good idea!

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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