DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Lions say a 9-year-old Detroit boy nicknamed the “Lemonade Kid” will be their special guest at the preseason opener at Ford Field, when the team hosts the Cleveland Browns.

The Lions said they will honoring Joshua Smith at the Friday night game after he used a lemonade stand to raise more than $3,600 for the city.

Smith said he started the fundraiser, selling snacks and drinks at a stand in front of his parents’ west side home, after hearing about the city’s financial problems.

The flyer for the stand read: “May you please help the City of Detroit. Please buy this popcorn and drinks. It’s not so expensive. I didn’t make it expensive so you wouldn’t have to spend all your money. The money will help clean up trash on the ground and cut the grass in the parks.”

Smith also received the “Spirit of Detroit” award from the City Council and got a personal thank-you call from Mayor Dave Bing.

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