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Northport girl starts “Tuscaloosa Lemon-AID Sale” for Toomer’s Oaks

Turnin' the lemons of rivalry into the lemonade of unity in Northport.

Toomer’s Drugs won’t be the only place today where lemonade will be enjoyed with special meaning.

Reagan Branch, an 8-year-old Alabama fan from Northport, which is just outside Tuscaloosa, opened a lemonade stand this morning outside a Taco Caso restaurant on McFarland Blvd in Northport to raise money to help save the damaged trees.

“The idea is about 48 hours old,” said Patrick Branch, Reagan’s father. “Reagan saw the story on Toomer’s Corner and the trees that have been affected and it just tore her up, she’s got such a sensitive heart. She wanted to do something about it, and we said, well, come up with an idea and we’ll do it. So within an hour and a half we had a lemonade stand ready to go and Taco Casa has been gracious enough to let us come out here.”

The lemonade at the “Tuscaloosa Lemon-AID Sale” is .50 a cup “but no one is paying that,” Branch said. “They’re just throwing cash in the bucket.”

“I know idea how much money we’ll actually raise, but were just trying to get the word out that Alabama fans don’t hate Auburn fans by any stretch,” he said. “We’re just trying to help our neighbor in need by doing whatever we can.”

The lemonade opened at 10:30 a.m. and will close at 1 p.m. The event is being attended by several “local celebrities,” including Northport mayor Bobby Herndon.

UPDATE: The lemonade stand raised $1,250, “but people are still coming by donating at Taco Casa,” Branch said.

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