By EEW Magazine News Staff
This past February, a news report about a 14-year-old Detroit boy named Joshua Smith killing his mother because she tried to keep him out of gang violence, horrified America. Now, just months later, the story of a 9-year-old lad from the exact same city of Detroit, with an identical name, Joshua Smith, is making national headlines for his good deeds.
While some boys are too busy playing with action figures, video games, and hanging out with friends to be community focused, Joshua’s heart was touched by Detroit’s crippling debt. Noticing the late garbage collection, poor condition of local parks with their broken fountains, and grass that stands nearly as tall as him, launched him into action.
Joshua, son of EEW Magazine parenting columnist, Rhonda Smith, decided to sell organic lemonade, other cold drinks, and popcorn to raise money for his city.
His parents helped out by purchasing $100 worth of food and drinks for him to sell, alongside his friend, 10-year-old, Dwayne Durant.
9-year-old Joshua’s good deed has inspired so many people that his story has gone viral and has now been featured in USA Today, ABC News, NBC/The Grio, News One, Black America Web, Yahoo! News, and more.
"His heart is really in it for the people, and he's always been a very helpful boy," Joshua's father, Flynn Smith, told ABC News. "He gets that from his parents. We try to be helpful whenever we can.”
Congratulations to Rhonda Smith and family!