MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin girl was a part of history on Jan. 20, joining the nation's leaders during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the nation's 46th president.
At just 8 years old, Morgan Mash-McGlone played a small role in what was arguably the event of the year -- Inauguration Day 2021.
"I am so excited about this and it would be on President-elect Biden’s inauguration – like that’s a really big thing," Mash-McGlone said.
In 2020, the Belleville resident started a virtual lemonade stand to raise money for a local "pay what you can" restaurant that looks to combat food insecurity.
"At first I actually thought that I wanted to do it for people who needed medicine for COVID," said Mash-McGlone. "We made a Facebook post, made some videos and then it blew up."
And blowing up doesn't even cut close to what resulted. In a short amount of time, the young girl raised more than $53,000 for that business.
What happened next was arguably an even bigger surprise -- being asked to speak at Biden's inauguration.
"First I had to ask mom what inauguration was," Mash-McGlone said.
But once that was cleared up, there was proof that no matter how small the effort, the impact can be immense.
"I feel really happy about what I did since it’s helping people, and helping people makes me feel good. So I hope other people do that," said Mash-McGlone. "We can’t only have one or two helpers in the world."
Before Mash-McGlone spoke, she was introduced by the chef to whom she gave her lemonade stand earnings.
Once she finished, she had the pleasure of introducing actor and director Tom Hanks.