Two Overland Park City, Kansas, boys are selling lemonade for $1 each at their local stand to raise money for migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The boy’s father, John Wilson, told The Kansas City Star that his wife came up with the idea and the boys decided it would “be fun just a thing to do in the summer. Lemonade stands are fun.”

“We are just selling lemonade to people for a dollar each and all the money that would be made from it would go to kids at the border,” Ben Wilson, 10, told the paper. 

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“We’ve made a lot of money from just working out here,” Ben’s younger brother, Carter Wilson, 8, also told the paper.

John Wilson said his children were also inspired to carry out the idea after seeing stories about the ongoing crisis at the border on the news.

“So, they thought they would want to do something to help,” he said. “So, my wife and I started looking online of things that we could try and do to just help what’s happening at the border during this time.”

In recent weeks, a number of reports emerged about some of the poor conditions detained migrant children face at the southern border.

A physician who was recently called to visit a U.S. border facility in McAllen, Texas, after a number of infants held there were placed into neonatal intensive care due to a flu outbreak has compared conditions at the facilities to “torture.”

In a medical declaration Dolly Lucio Sevier wrote of the visit, she said minors at the McAllen facility were forced to endure “extreme cold temperatures, lights on 24 hours a day, no adequate access to medical care, basic sanitation, water, or adequate food.” 

Ben told The Kansas City Star that he wants the minors to “be able to come to America or be able to live in America just without being forced to be in these places away from their parents.”

“I just hope they can have a normal life in America,” the fourth-grader added.