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Philanthropy feels good at any age.

A trio of young entrepreneurs recently sent a $36.50 check — the proceeds from their Sugar House lemonade stand — along with a handwritten note to the Utah Food Bank, expressing their desire to "help feed the hungry."

The card, signed by 8-year-olds Aidan and Sofia, along with 6-year-old Zach, warmed hearts as it made the rounds among Food Bank staff Friday, said spokeswoman Heidi Cannella, who photographed the message and posted it to the nonprofit's Facebook page.

"One in five Utah children do not know where their next meal is coming from," Cannella said, a sobering statistic that makes this gift from their peers particularly noteworthy, she added.

Facebook friend Cindy Garrett posted this response: "Sweet, thoughtful kids...good job parents!"

Such charitable habit could signify a growing trend among area youth.

"Recently I had someone contact me through our Facebook page who said that their daughter held a food drive for her birthday party and collected 90 cans of food for us," Cannella said.

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