Bolingbrook child opens lemonade stand to help parents with financial strain, other children

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (WLS) – A six-year-old Bolingbrook is using his summer vacation to earn money to help his family and other kids just like him.

Ismael Ruiz tapped his entrepreneurial spirit and poured it into a lemonade stand.

Ruiz’s father injured his arm in a work accident a few years ago, putting the family under some financial strain as they pay for the surgeries.

“So one day, when I went to the store at Walmart, I saw this toy, so I wanted to buy it, but I didn’t have the money,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz wants to pay for her own toys and school supplies and relieve her parents’ stress.

“He’s always been like that. He’s always trying to help people, but I think he’s just smart, and he’s a businessman. I think he has that in his blood,” Eva Ruiz, mother said. “I can’t even believe it. People are actually helping him.”

Ruiz researched the lemonade stand and came up with a recipe.

“I put 20 tablespoons of lime juice, 5 tablespoons of sugar, and 5 ice cubes, and I cut six lemons,” says Ruiz.

The COVID-19 pandemic puts a lot of financial strain on other families, so Ruiz hopes to give some of her hard-earned cash to other kids, so they can buy toys too. .

“He’s like, ‘Mom, now I want to go to the park and make more money, and we can help more kids like me, and I want to do that,'” Eva said.

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