Summers are the time for being entrepreneurial, having fun with your friends, and setting up your very first lemonade stand. Six-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin was looking forward to starting up his very own lemonade stand this summer, but since the coronavirus hit, he’s had to change gears a bit.
Callaghan decided that rather than spending time indoors, he could help out his community by starting a drive-by joke stand to help spread joy in his community. This way, he could help his neighbors, while also adhering to social distancing guidelines.
His material is coming from a joke book Callaghan’s mother, Kelsea, bought him a few months back. Kelsea and her husband decided that since they have already heard so many of the jokes, he could spread the laughs to a new audience.
The young boy has been setting up his stand at the end of his driveway in Saanich, British Columbia for a few hours a day.
Callaghan does not turn anyone away for lack of funds. He has been telling jokes for free because he recognizes that people need to save their money for things like groceries.
While he’s been creating laughs and smiles all over his community, Hollywood star and fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds called Callaghan a hero.
6-year-old runs joke stand in Saanich, B.C., to make people smile during COVID-19 https://t.co/Zjaw7cngIA— Angela Sterritt (@AngelaSterritt) April 25, 2020
The young boy insists that he’s not in it for the popularity. He just wants to spread some laughter during these uncertain times.
“There’s a lot of stress in the world, and I kind of want to get some smiles on people’s faces.”