Thousands raised for East Texas infant - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Thousands raised for East Texas infant

T-shirts for sale, benefiting Maxwell family T-shirts for sale, benefiting Maxwell family
OVERTON, TX (KLTV) -

More than 100 residents came out Sunday in support of an Overton baby, just released from the hospital on Friday after recovering from open-heart surgery.

Friends and family of little Kensi Maxwell hosted a barbeque fundraiser to help cover some of the family's medical costs.

"They chose this day not knowing that we were going to be home or anything," Kensi's mother Natalie Maxwell said. "So it's actually a celebration of us getting to come home too."

"My husband and I, he's the cook, not me," said Natalie's sister Melinda Luis. "He can barbeque, so we borrowed the pit you see back here. He has vendors from the Longview/Kilgore area and they donated all the goods, all the food. Everything was donated, so it produced all of this."

This being hundreds of friends, family and even strangers, lining up and pitching in—buying lunch, wristbands and t-shirts all while little Kensi rested snugly inside.

"It is amazing," Luis said. "I never in a million years thought that we would have this big of a turnout. We are truly blessed with people we know and don't know."

Residents that attended said it was a no-brainer.

"It broke my heart," Katrina Keith said. "We all just decided to come out to support it."

"My first grand baby only weighed 1 1/2 pounds and was in the hospital for 6 months," said Joy Beggs. "So I knew the problems and the expense."

"I had a son that was stillborn and this church was a big help to me to me at that time, so I wanted to give back and give Natalie support," said Kay Castaneda.

It was an outpouring of generosity Maxwell called overwhelming.

"Our little small town, they just showed us support this whole time," Maxwell said, tearing up. "Through Facebook, through text messages, calls, it's amazing to see that they would want to do this for us."

The family said at last count, the barbeque fundraiser brought in nearly $5,500, adding that most of that came from generous donors pitching in on top of the cost of lunch.

If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt or bracelet, there are still some available through Maxwell's sister, Angela Holleman. For more information, email Angela: roomforababy@aol.com

If you would prefer to donate, a fundraising website has also been set up here.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT: Alberto picks up speed, expected rainfall totals decrease

    FIRST ALERT: Alberto picks up speed, expected rainfall totals decrease

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-05-27 16:17:57 GMT
    Subtropical storm Alberto will bring rain to Southwest Georgia the rest of this week and into next week. (Source: WALB)Subtropical storm Alberto will bring rain to Southwest Georgia the rest of this week and into next week. (Source: WALB)

    The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season makes its debut before the season officially begins.

    More >>

    The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season makes its debut before the season officially begins.

    More >>
  • Radium Springs resident wants to see residential improvements after 2017 storms

    Radium Springs resident wants to see residential improvements after 2017 storms

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:09 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:09:43 GMT
    Every morning when Chris Reetz walks out her front door she sees this broken trees and destroyed houses that were once homes for families. (Source: WALB)Every morning when Chris Reetz walks out her front door she sees this broken trees and destroyed houses that were once homes for families. (Source: WALB)

    It's been 16 months since the January 2017 tornado ripped thorough Southwest Georgia.

    More >>

    It's been 16 months since the January 2017 tornado ripped thorough Southwest Georgia.

    More >>
  • American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    American Red Cross preparedness tips ahead of flash flooding

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:12:40 GMT
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)
    The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)The American Red Cross said they are prepare before the storms hit. (Source: WALB)

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>

    Here in Southwest Georgia the American Red Cross has been working the last couple of days to prepare for the storm.  The American Red Cross has been getting their relief supplies ready across the 19 county region.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly