GRAND FORKS — 10-year-old Lexus Olson wheeled a cart and carried coolers full of drinks down to the Grand Forks Police Department's basement cafeteria during the afternoon of June 30.

This action was the final step in a promise she made after opening up a successful lemonade stand just weeks ago, where she raised over $10,000.

"This is an awesome thing that they get to eat, and they can just come down here and sit and have fun," Lexus said.

The menu had everything from beef tips from the Broken Drum, to brownie bites from Hugo's, as officers from GFPD, the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office and the North Dakota Highway Patrol were treated to lunch.

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"It went from being able to just provide subs to now a full meal plus figuring out what else she can support with this," said Tonya Olson, Lexus' mother.

Both Lexus and Tonya said they never could've imagined this much support to come out of something as small as a lemonade stand.

"I guess that's like your biggest thing as a parent is to make sure that your child has compassion for others, so for her to think of this, it's a huge thing," Tonya said.

Among the customers in the cafeteria were Grand Forks County Sheriff Andy Schneider, and the wife and son of fallen officer Cody Holte, who came by to thank Lexus for thinking of them in a time of need.

Tonya Olson, the mother of Lexus, makes a funny face at Gunnar Holte, the son of fallen Grand Forks officer Cody Holte. Derek Murray / WDAY
Tonya Olson, the mother of Lexus, makes a funny face at Gunnar Holte, the son of fallen Grand Forks officer Cody Holte. Derek Murray / WDAY

"The efforts of one girl putting this together and trying to bring the community together are pretty impressive, and that's what we all need in a time like this," Schneider said.

Lexus looked at this lunch as not only a way of giving back, but also as a way to serve those who protect and serve every day.

"I feel very happy," she said with a smile.