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These Little Boys Sold Lemonade At NYC Pride To Raise Money For Orlando's Victims

"I wanted to make people happy."

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Unlike years past, the parade had some somber elements. Many of the marchers carried banners and signs commemorating the 49 people killed in the Orlando gay nightclub attack.

Among those doing their part were some of the city's smallest residents. Meet 4-year-olds Finn Madden and Sam Bernstein, and their buddy Dean Haines, 3.


"The boys were so into it," mom Michelle Madden told BuzzFeed News. "For us, gay rights are such a big thing, but when I was explaining it to my 4-year-old he just said, 'Of course you should marry whoever you want.' I love that our children are living in a time when gay rights are just normal."

"Sam had so much fun," mom Stephanie Bernstein told BuzzFeed News. "We really have been working to instill in him the values of openness and love, but he was really just excited about the rainbows and the cookies."


"When I explained the Orlando killings, Finn was just sort of shocked," Madden said. "I think it's so wonderful that kids can be taught about the sadness in the world but then they can play a role in making the world a better place one glass of lemonade at a time — with a free cookie."

h/t New York Times

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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