Angelina Jolie makes surprise donation to U.K. kids running lemonade stand

Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 11, 2019. Featuring: Angelina Jolie REUTERS/Sheri Determan/

LemonAid Boys Ayaan and Mikaeel have now raised more than $90,000 (£70,000).

Angelina Jolie has surprised two British kids running a charity-driven lemonade stand with a generous undisclosed donation.

The movie star and Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has discreetly pledged her support to the LemonAid Boys initiative led by six-year-old Londoners Ayaan Moose and Mikaeel Ishaa. In July, they set up the drink station to raise money for those suffering in Yemen following a brutal five-year civil war.

“Hi Angelina, I’m Ayaan. And I’m Mikaeel. And we’re the LemonAid Boys. We just wanted to say thank you for donating to our cause,” the pair said in a video post on their Instagram account. “It’s really helped us raise more money and awareness for Yemen.”

Ayaan’s father, Shakil Moose, confesses he is still mesmerised by Jolie’s reaching out to the family in August with a donation offer, having completed the contribution earlier this week.

“She’s been so amazing,” he gushed to CNN. “It’s surreal – she’s not just a random star, you’re talking about one of the top names on the planet, so it’s a bit overwhelming. She’s phenomenal.”

LemonAid Boys Ayaan and Mikaeel have now raised more than $90,000 (£70,000) and hope to more than double the figure by reaching $190,000 (£148,000) in donations to help address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.


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