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Donations will help pay for drowned toddler's funeral, medical


Friends of a Coffee County family set up a donation account to help pay for medical and funeral costs for their toddler.

Two year-old Eli Johnson died Monday at a hospital in Macon after he fell into the pool at the family's home on Karen Lane in Douglas Sunday. His mother performed CPR until first responders arrived.

Friends set up a go fund me page for the family. You can find it here:
The friends of Johnson's family says "The funds raised through the GoFundMe account will go to the family to help cover medical and funeral costs. Once they are able, the family plans to set up a fund to help struggling parents cover tuition at the Precious Possessions Childcare Center where Eli attended." 

Over $3,500 donations have already been made for Eli's family on the website.

Family friend Patty Horner said, "They have just done so much for this community, and for them to be able to continue giving in this way just means so much to, not only them that they're able to honor Eli, but also to the people who will be receiving the help. That's just the kind of people that they are."

Eli's funeral will be held in Panama City, Florida. There will be a memorial at Coffee Middle School where his father taught on July 3rd at 6 p.m.

The Johnsons encourage guests to wear Eli's favorite color, blue, to the Memorial Service. They also ask that instead of sending flowers in his Eli's honor,  to make donations to the Childhood Cancer Awareness Group of Coffee County. You can send them to 316 N. Madison Ave., Douglas, 31533. Or you can call Ginger Diamond at 912-381-8331.

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