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7-year-old making a habit of helping charities with lemonade sales

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Gatlin Coleman, 7, sells lemonade to raise money for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals outside her home on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Henderson.

Lemonade for Charity

Gatlin Coleman, 7, sells lemonade to raise money for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals outside her home on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Henderson. Launch slideshow »

One of summer's hallmarks is the neighborhood lemonade stand, where children try to make a few dollars during their summer break.

But 7-year-old Gatlin Coleman had a different idea for her lemonade stand: She'd give the proceeds away to charity.

And with the help of her mom, Star, Gatlin did just that Sunday, raising close to $145 to donate to a local animal shelter.

Last year, Gatlin Coleman raised more than $250 for cancer research but decided this year to donate the money to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter because she adopted a Chihuahua, Easter, from the shelter in March. She plans to make lemonade for the Little Friends Foundation animal shelter next year.

Gatlin Coleman, a first-grader at Estes McDoniel Elementary School in Henderson, sold the lemonade to passers-by Sunday afternoon outside her home on Umbria Way, near Warm Springs Road in Henderson.

Star Coleman said she was proud of what her daughter had accomplished over the past two years.

"We're trying to show the world that little kids can make a difference," Star Coleman said.

To make a donation to Gatlin's lemonade stand, visit her Facebook page.

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