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TUNKHANNOCK-- Saturday was one of the busiest days of the year in Tunkhannock.

Owen Shylkofski, 8, set up a lemonade stand at his family's yard sale to take advantage of the crowd.

Less than a week earlier, he had seen a house in his neighborhood go up in flames.The boy wanted to raise money for the victims.

His grandmother, Tami Owens, says, "He was so excited he was going to be able to make a difference."

Owen made signs, advertising his cool drinks were available in small, medium, and large.

All day long as people stopped by the yard sale, Owen charmed them into buying a cup.

By the end of the day, he had around $50 tucked in a pouch his late grandfather gave him.

But after momentarily walking away, the money was gone. Owen looked all over to no avail.

He says, "I cried, I said I am never going to be able to find it again."

His furious grandmother posted the story on Facebook hoping to shame the thief into giving the money back.

But after about an hour something amazing happened.

First, the police arrived and presented the boy with $50. As they left, they told his mother, Olivia St. Clair, there were people waiting to see you.

St. Clair discovered her street was filled with cars, people waiting to meet Owen and give him money.

She says, "Just assure him that one bad person doesn't show who everyone is."

In the end, Owen raised about $200. But the lesson he learned is priceless.

"Good always rules," he says raising his fist in the air.


  • jaime

    nice to see that my comment was deleted. Don’t want the public to know that this family has sticky fingers? Credit card fraud & theft. Numerous trips to rehab & checked out early. Classy family.

  • Amy

    Way to go little guy! You’re doing amazing things! I’ve known this family for a long time and that boy has been raised right, sad this happened and I’m glad they are finding out who did it! Keep doing what you’re doing, people appreciate it more than you know.

  • Shady Katie

    Bet those police didn’t blink twice giving over tax payer money into the pockets of that little corporate fat cat! Did he even have a permit to operate his business? Did he pay fees and added taxes on the stand? I bet the story doesn’t say where he got the overhead for his business…or where the manufacturing is done…bring back jobs to the US and quit outsourcing Colombian blood fruits…Thanks Obama.

  • Sad times

    AllI can say is whoever took that kids money is the BIGGEST LOSER in NEPA ! I hope when you look in the mirror LOSER you feel ashamed for robbing that kid !

  • tiny turtle

    Good for you, Owen. Doing something nice for those house fire victims must’ve felt great! Then, to have some bad person take all your hard work away…a hard lesson for a young person to learn. But, yes! Kindness and generosity won in the end. Don’t ever stop being the kind person that you are just because of one bad apple. The world needs more people like you. Your hard work with the making the signs, setting everything up (3 drink sizes, that’s pretty special at a lemonade stand!) and being a good salesman all shows where your heart is. I’m sure your family is very proud of you. Good luck in the future, young man.

  • mr. pibbles

    Instead of the cops handing him $50, why don’t they solve this case instead? Did the cops make this gesture because they knew it would go unsolved?

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