Tide for Toomer's raises thousands for poisoned trees

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The "Tide for Toomer's" effort on Facebook and Twitter has gained tremendous steam since its inception.  In just a little more than a day, more than 25,000 people have signed up and more than $11,000 has been raised to help either "rehabilitate or replace the poisoned trees," according to the info section of its Facebook page.

Set up by University of Alabama alumni and fans, the effort is to show Auburn fans support.

"The rolling of the trees at Toomer's Corner is a unique and long-held tradition at Auburn University, one which we grudgingly respect. We may not understand your strange rituals, but we too have our own cherished traditions. We appreciate the culture of college football and, as such, have decided to take a stand... With this, we hope to prove that though our rivalry is strong, our mutual respect is stronger," writes the founders of the effort on the group's Facebook page.

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