Hearing about hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the destruction they caused, Dillon Whitney decided he wanted to help.

The 10-year-old Burnham resident used his free time this past weekend to run a lemonade stand at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.

Dillon Whitney of Burnham, pictured in the hallway of Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield on Monday, raised almost $400 selling lemonade at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair.

Dillon has raised $391 and counting – all of which he donated to the American Red Cross at its office in Bangor on Monday afternoon.

In Florida, Hurricane Irma snapped miles of power lines, toppled construction cranes and caused heavy flooding as far north as Jacksonville.

While no deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm, it killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean.

“It feels a little bit better” to be able to help people, Dillon said in an interview at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, where he is a fifth-grader.

Dillon set up his stand in front of his grandmother’s business at the fair and sold a variety of homemade treats, including lemonade, fudge and cookies.

Some people also found out about the fundraiser on Facebook and sent donations that way, he said.

Dillon has been holding fundraisers for about four years, he said. In the past, he’s raised money for brain aneurysm awareness and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as well as a fund that sends kids to camp with the necessary supplies, according to statement from the American Red Cross of Maine.

Dillon said he “just thought of it one year.”

He heard about the hurricanes when one of his mom’s Facebook friends posted about being affected.

The fundraisers are a family effort, he said, and even his 5-year-old sister pitches in.

Dillon said he plans to continue raising money for different causes as he grows older.

Madeline St. Amour can be contacted at 861-9239 or at:

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