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Local boy collects donations for storm victims in Danville with lemonade stand

Silas Zeidler set up a lemonade stand and gathered donations on Saturday that will go to God's Pit Crew to help storm victims in Danville. (WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Some people on the Southside are still dealing with the costs of damage caused by the tornado earlier this month and one local kid decided to use a lemonade stand to help those in need.

"They are saying it's the best lemonade ever and I agree," said 10-year-old Silas Zeidler, a junior volunteer at God's Pit Crew.

When life gives Zeidler lemons, he decides to help others.

He set up a lemonade stand and gathered donations on Saturday that will go to God's Pit Crew to help storm victims in Danville.

"I did it earlier in September and raised over $9,000 and I wanted to do it again because I just felt so bad for all those people that have lost everything they had in the storms that have been happening," Zeidler said.

Several people stopped by to grab the ice-cold lemonade and leave donations.

Many said the lemonade was great and the cause was even greater.

"Silas is doing some great things. It was a great idea. Making the lemonade and inviting all these folks out here. Zinc's putting it on right here on the side of Craghead Street What a wonderful event," said James Buckner, a City Council member in Danville.

The recipe for the lemonade Silas made is a family secret. It is one tasty secret that he said would cost us a lot of money if we wanted to know.

"$100,000 if you want it people," Zeidler said.

Silas' mother, Tanya Hilliard, said he has been a volunteer at God's Pit Crew since he was four.

She says she is very appreciative of her son's efforts.

Silas is such a kind and giving and loving child. We just couldn't be more proud of him for wanting to help the community," Hilliard said.

If you want to help out storm victims, you can make a donation at the God's Pit Crew website.

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