Although he's only eight years old, Johnny Karlinchak knows what it means to give back to his community.

In late June, a deadly storm hit his hometown, Springfield, Va. It killed two people, caused massive damage and toppled trees onto houses "like a hurricane," as WUSA9 described it.

One of those trees -- a 60-foot oak -- landed on the house of Elissa Myers, Johnny's neighbor. When he saw the damage, reports The Washington Post, Johnny ran to his piggy bank, emptied $1.25 (his life savings, all in quarters), and handed it to Mrs. Myers.

When he learned her deductible was $500 -- considerably more than $1.25 -- the undeterred Johnny set up a lemonade stand.

On his first day, reports the NY Daily News, Johnny earned $21 for the fund. Several days later, that grew to $108. And when he finally met his goal, he kept fundraising. At press time, he'd earned $700.

Interviewed by local radio station WTOP, Johnny explained that when his sister died in a car accident four and a half years ago, "all of our neighbors came and helped," so his decision to help a fellow neighbor just made sense.

And the beauty of this strong, tight-knit community is not lost on Mrs. Myers. “I lost many, many things that day. But things did not make me cry,” Myers said to the Washington Post. “The overwhelming kindness of Johnny did.”

PHOTOS of Johnny Karlinchak, Mrs. Myers, and the lemonade stand:

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    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, who is selling lemonade to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm, displays a bill from the first sale of the day on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, and his mom Donna prepare lemonade for sale in the family kitchen to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Elissa Myers, left, with her black lab Indi, greets Andrea Keller, center, a customer of Johnny Karlinchak, 8, who is selling lemonade to help her rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: 11-year-old Nolan Tobin tries to lure motorists to Johnny Karlinchak's lemonade stand to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

  • Johnny Karlinchak's Lemonade Stand

    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, right, who is selling lemonade to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm, gets some help with signage from Joe Reynolds, left, and Nolan Tobin, center, both 11, on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Elissa Myers inside her home damaged in last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

  • Johnny Karlinchak's Lemonade Stand

    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, center, who is selling lemonade to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm, watches as his mom fills the money jar on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. At right is friend Lucy Reynolds, 9. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

  • Johnny Karlinchak's Lemonade Stand

    Karlinchak sets up his lemonade stand. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

  • Johnny Karlinchak's Lemonade Stand

    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, right, gets a hug from Mrs. Elissa Myers, whose damaged home he is raising money for by selling lemonade after last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

  • Johnny Karlinchak's Lemonade Stand

    SPRINGFIELD, VA - JULY 14: Johnny Karlinchak, 8, foreground, sets up his lemonade stand created to help his neighbor rebuild her damaged home after last weeks' storm on July, 14, 2012 in Springfield, VA. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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