Lutherville boy Cooper Beeson smashed his goal of raising $1,000 for Baltimore County's homeless population over the weekend with .
Patch has followed Cooper's plans to open a lemonade stand to benefit the homeless since he .
Cooper's mother Diana said her son raised just shy of $1,700 as of Monday, with the promise of more checks on the way.
She said she was "really overwhelmed in a good way" by the outward show of support Cooper's classmates from , the Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council and even passersby showed her son Saturday.
"It goes to show one person really can help save the world," Diana said.
It was Cooper's birthday wish to help homeless, school-aged students across the county. There are 2,014 such children in Baltimore County, according to Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless.
Cooper will get to unwrap his birthday gift on Sept. 13 when he presents an envelope to the Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless.
The Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council partly sponsored the stand, with an assist from , which donated $25 for materials.
LTRC president Larry Shackleford said:
LTRC tries to accommodate the needs of the community whenever possible. This non-profit event was a no-brainer for us. Cooper and his family did most of the work by far. We were pleased that we could help even a little.
I think people will be hearing a lot of wonderful things about Mr. Cooper Beeson in the years to come. For an 8-year-old to have any understanding of problems like homeless children says great things about the Cooper family. Both Cooper and his parents should be very proud.
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