Human Interest After Learning Her Dad Died of Suicide, 8-Year-Old Sets Up Lemonade Stand to Raise Money for Awareness "I like helping other people and I like being kind to others," Kyleigh Brunette tells PEOPLE By Wendy Grossman Kantor Published on July 15, 2022 04:55 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jordon Wakefield and Kyleigh Burnette. Photo: Courtesy Brittany Brunette-Thimmesch An 8-year-old Wisconsin girl, whose father took his own life, wanted to do her part to help make sure other kids don't have to grow up without a parent. Her lemonade stand raised $800 for suicide prevention. Kyleigh Brunette, from Sheboygan, remembers playing disc golf and video games and going to parks with her father, 32-year-old Jordon Wakefield. "He was funny and loving and caring for me and he would never, ever yell at me," Kyleigh tells PEOPLE. Her father died by suicide in November 2019. Because Kyleigh was so young, at the time her mother didn't tell her exactly how he died. Dawson's Creek Writer's Husband Finds Love with Long COVID Activist After Wife's Tragic Suicide "We didn't want her to start having those feelings of guilt," explains her mother, Brittany Brunette-Thimmesch, 30. "So we waited, but we didn't want to wait too long because we didn't want her to hear it from someone else." Brunette-Thimmesch, a sub-secretary for the Sheboygan Area School District, said that her daughter's therapist also "pulled me aside and was like, "You know, you're going to need to tell her eventually. She's getting older. Kids are going to start talking.' " Kyleigh Burnette and Jordon Wakefield. Courtesy Brittany Brunette-Thimmesch A few months ago, Kyleigh told her mother she really wanted to know exactly how her dad died. "She needed that closure," recalls her mom. So, they had a big conversation. Warning Signs to Look for If You Are Concerned Someone Is Suicidal In honor of her father's July 9th birthday this year, Kyleigh decided to set up a lemonade stand in his memory, donating all of the proceeds to Mental Health America in Sheboygan. Kyleigh Burnette with sister Candyce Thimmesch. Courtesy Brittany Brunette-Thimmesch "She wanted to help people that can't afford services to get the services so that it doesn't happen to another person, or another kid doesn't have to go without a parent," her mom explains. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. Kyleigh sold lemonade on two days— July 1 and July 8 — and raised a total of $800. Now, she plans on making it an annual tradition. Kyleigh Burnette and family. Brittany Brunette-Thimmesch "It made me happy because I like helping other people and I like being kind to others," Kyleigh tells PEOPLE. "My dad died from suicide, and I want to raise awareness." Mental Health America in Sheboygan is now collaborating with Kyleigh and her family on a "virtual lemonade stand." Those interested in donating can do so here. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.