Family overwhelmed by support for 9-year-old's lemonade stand

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    On Wednesday, CBS 4 introduced you to Te'yah, the 9-year-old who wants to give free lemonade to first responders.

    Since then, she and her family have been overwhelmed with your support.

    “She’s giving first responders lemonade for free,” said James Coats, CEO of Phalanx Defense Systems. “We just wanted to support her and help her with what she is trying to accomplish.”

    “It’s nothing fancy,” said Kim Alston, Te’yah’s mom. “She’s got a tent and a couple of tables and some pitchers of lemonade. Everyone’s reaction and positive support is just overwhelming.”

    In less than an hour spent with Te’yah Thursday, she raised around $200.

    “I never knew my daughter selling lemonade would go this far and it’s really touching,” Kim said.

    Te’yah said once she gets the money to cover her cheer costs, she’s not sure what’s next.

    “I might keep going as a lemonade stand because everyone still likes lemonade on a hot day,” Te’yah said.

    Coats said he wanted to reward her for taking a stand - even with something as simple as lemonade

    “This is what it’s about,” Coats said. “It’s about coming up with something and executing it. You may make mistakes, but you’ve got to put yourself out there to do it.”

    “If she can do this much with just lemonade, there’s no telling how far she can go,” Kim said. “The sky is the limit.”

    If you'd like to go visit Te'yah, you can find her tent on NE 11th Ter. in Gainesville.

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