This past July 4 was supposed to be a celebration of our Independence for a local family. The grill was most likely filled with burgers and hotdogs, music was playing, lawn chairs were scattered about with family and with friends. Everyone around was enjoying the fireworks, “oohing and awing” at the bright explosions. Then, without warning, a rouge bottle rocket flew sideways and into the eye of a young girl and exploded.
Ten-year-old Bailee lost her eye because of this accident, something every parent has feared since fireworks became part of our celebration. Bailee was airlifted to Little Rock’s Children’s Hospital for surgery and is now recovering, preparing for an artificial eye. That’s a lot for a child to go through!
The bills for hospital stays, helicopter flights, motels, medication, doctors, therapists, and such have been astronomical. And it continues.
Under the loving and guiding hands and heart of Lavaca’s Christy Marshall, she rallied the town to do something to help the family. Christy began calling friends and businesses to get a fundraiser started for Bailee. Banners and fliers were made. Plans for a BBQ dinner, raffles, and t-shirt sales: a true carnival atmosphere began taking shape!
On Saturday, August 3, it all came together! Even though the rain was falling earlier, people set up awnings and bounce-around and a band set up under the pavilion of the Lavaca City Park. Even the good Lord was on Bailee’s side and gave her a break in the rain for the festivities! You have to love the South. You have to love Arkansas and you have to love small towns! People came and gave their time and money to help this family. The whole atmosphere was one of fun with hugs, handshakes, and smiles were given generously.
It’s not over for the monetary need for this family but every dollar helps them. If you can’t give to this cause, please pray for young Bailee. She’s got a long row to hoe but she has untold friends and family and a community surrounding her! #baileestrong