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Family of teen who drowned will have funeral, thanks to community support

Rose Hughes, Manager of Homerun Foods Rose Hughes, Manager of Homerun Foods

In an amazing rally of support and kindness, a family who just lost their teenage son in a drowning accident will be able to give him a proper funeral. The bittersweet news comes at a time of tough financial need for the family.

Rose Hughes, the manager of Homerun Foods on Philema Road says they've received phone calls from as far away as Atlanta from people wanting to help employee Teresa Brown.

Brown's 13 year-old son, Brady, drowned Sunday when he slipped into a retention pond while fishing behind Georgia Pacific on Maxwell Road in Albany.

"You hear so much bad news out there, nothing but bad news really," said Hughes. "But this, it restores your faith in humanity, because everybody has come forth to help, to help this child be buried properly. And it's absolutely wonderful."

The sudden, tragic loss put the family in a financial bind. They needed $6,500 for a funeral.

But since so many people saw and read about the family's story of loss, money has been pouring into a donation jar at the Homerun Foods on Philema Road. The store has been collecting donations since Sunday afternoon.

The captivating story of loss and need was shared more than 250 times on Facebook.

Hughes, who has worked at the store for 25 years says she's never seen an outpouring of support from the community like this.

"I'm telling you, people have been absolutely wonderful to this family. And I know she appreciates it, I've talked to her today too. And she so much appreciates it," said Hughes.

Brady's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Matthews Funeral Home.

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