PEPPERELL -- "She wanted to do something for those people who were hurt."

Having learned about the Boston Marathon bombings and the injuries people suffered, the veteran fundraiser was ready to do her part.

So Kiley D'Angelo, 9, of Pepperell, and her friend enlisted the help of family and friends and ran a lemonade stand in Pepperell on May 4. She and Kal Larsen, 8, of Groton, raised $445 in five hours.

"We were just so happy. There were so many good people," said Kiley's mother, Linda D'Angelo, "It went by in a blink."

The kids made many of the decisions on how to run the stand.

"The two moms had to make brownies and cookies," D'Angelo said, patrons got both a lemonade and a treat.

The team relied on goodwill to fill the coffers. "They didn't want to put a price on anything," she said, "whatever they wanted to give."

Friends and teachers from school stopped by. A large banner attracted passersby, tons of people the families did not know, D'Angelo said.

The fundraisers decided to give the proceeds to the recovery fund for Sydney and Celeste Corcoran of Lowell. High school student Sydney, 17, was badly injured in the explosion. Her mother, Celeste, 47, lost both her legs below the knee. The connection was personal. D'Angelo worked with Celeste Corcoran's sister 20 years ago.

Both children are accomplished fundraisers, said Mom. Kiley "tries to do different things to raise money.


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" She is one of the top fundraisers in the "Jump Rope for Heart" challenge at Varnum Brook.

Supporting kids with weak hearts is a cause Kiley feels strongly about. She knows some kids that cannot jump rope or play.

Every year, Kal says no to birthday presents, asking people to donate to Tufts Floating Hospital instead.

The Larsen family also hosts an inner-city New York child during the summer and on school vacations .

Thanks to the efforts of these children, two of the victims of what Kiley calls "the bad guys" have received a little extra help.

"They've both got their heads on straight about what's important," D'Angelo said, "It's good to see."