By the Kindness of Strangers

I find amazing that in the time of tragedy millions of people can come together to help out others they do not know. I’m not talking about national disasters, but tragedies in small towns.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, a family of five from Houston, Texas was involved in a terrible car accident. The Berry’s, who was returning home from vacationing in Colorado, was hit head-on after a driver veered into oncoming traffic while trying to pass another vehicle. The parents were killed instantly. They left behind three young children: two boys, eight and nine, and a girl age six. Their daughter only suffered from a broken wrist and leg. Her brothers were not so lucky since they both are paralyzed from the waist down. Their aunt and uncle will be taking care of them. Both boys will be receiving physical therapy at the Shriner s Hospital in Chicago for about two months. While they were in the hospital in Houston, they received visitors from the Houston Rockets and Texans who spent time with them. Some of the players even gave them their personal numbers and email. How sweet is that?

Even though the kids lost their parents, their family gained support from all across the nation, even from Kourtney Kardashian. Strangers who heard this about the Berrys got together and began fundraising for the children. A bake sale, put together in a few day, raised over $13,000. An auction raised over $35,000. The Houston Dynamo donated a game to the family and raised more money for them. On the Berry Children Trust’s website,  people started asking how they could help out the Berry children. in the comments, one woman said that her company would donated their time to the aunt and uncle’s house be made wheelchair accessible for when the boys get back to Houston.

No matter how heartbreaking this tragedy is for  family, it makes me happy to see how strangers are coming together to help out a family in difficult times. This money will go out to help take care of medical bills, care for the boys as they get older, as well as college.

If you would like to donate money for the Berry Children, please visit  the Berry Children Trust’s site for more information on where to donate money and as well a let others know about events to help raise money for them.

For updates on progress the boys are making, you can visit Peter and Aaron’s sites here.


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