“Angelina Jolie surprised two young boys from East London by making a generous donation to their lemonade stand. The stall was designed to raise money for children in war-torn Yemen, where 24 million are estimated to need humanitarian aid to survive.
The actress is said to have read about the efforts of six-year-old Ayaan Moosa and Mikaeel Ishaaq in the news, and then contacted her UK representative who had reached out to the families directly. Jolie sent a note applauding their work, along with a “a very generous donation”, according to Moosa’s mother. She added that the boys hadn’t known who Jolie was initially, but their ‘their dads were very excited’.
Jolie’s note read: ‘Dear Ayaan and Mikaeel. Thank you for what you and your friends are doing to help children in Yemen. I’m sorry I’m not able to buy a lemonade from you, but I’d still like to make a donation to your stand. Love, [signed by Angelina].’
To date, the boys’ online campaign, Lemonade for Yemen-Aid, has raised an impressive £67,000. The two best friends responded to Jolie’s donation with a video, in which they thanked her for her help and said: ‘If you ever come to London, feel free to buy a glass of fresh lemonade.'”