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Hundreds Support Imperial Sugar Fundraiser

Residents show support for refinery victims and their families. Residents show support for refinery victims and their families.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY,GA (WTOC)- Even a chilly, blustery day couldn't keep hundreds of people from driving to Springfield. Cars packed the parking lot in front of Kelly's Tavern to help some of their own. Half the proceeds inside, and all the money raised outside, will help people like Jenny Purnell. Her husband, Justin, was burned over 50 percent of his body in the explosion." He can nod his head and you can read his lips now," said Jenny optimistically.

While Justin remains in the burn center in Augusta, Jenny came home to see the crowd who opened their arms to her family this past month. She knows Justin would want her here." He would be very surprised," she told me," I think he would want to say 'thank you'. And he would want me to come and say thank you, that's why I came."

Paul Seckinger's nine year old daughter, Morgan, wanted to show her support too. Paul was burned over 80 percent of his body in the blast. Called "Morgan's Dixie Wish" Morgan sold specialized t-shirts and specially made Dixie Crystals charms. " It's a wish from me so that everybody, all the burn victims, can get better soon," Morgan explained.

She hasn't seen her dad since the afternoon before the explosion, but she has her own special wish for him." I love him and I want him to get better soon."

Family and friends of the refinery victims say Saturday's fundraiser wasn't really about the prizes or give away's. It was more about the community coming together to help some of their own. " This is what Effingham County does," said event organizer, Melissa Reagan," We take care of our people. It's a blessing to live in this community. I'm extremely shocked and humbled at the same time."

A humble community that came together in a huge way to help their neighbors. It makes Jenny, and others, proud to call Effingham County home.

All the money raised will be divided between the four families. Organizers hope to raise at least fifty thousand dollars. If you would still like to help, just go to any Citizens Bank and make a donation to the Effingham County Imperial Sugar fund.

Reported By: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com

 

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