On July 25, 2013, Pinion Pine firefighters in cooperation with Kim Huffer, Brooke Huffer, Rorie Nelson and the Loves Corporation began a benefit boot drive for the Raymond family to assist with funeral expenses. On Sunday, July 21, 2013 the Raymond family was devastated with the loss of 17 year old son Cody Raymond. Cody was struck from behind by an impaired driver causing him to roll in the median and later succumbed to the injuries he received. The next day, arrangements were made and approved by the Loves Corporation to hold a 3 day benefit boot drive to accept donations for the Raymond family. As we all know, every penny helps but that wasn't enough for us, we wanted a goal, and that goal was $2,000.
On July 27, the boot drive ended and the stacks were added up, the outpouring of generous donations was amazing, some donating the last of their change in their pockets to a donation of $150. These were people within our community, visitors to our community from other states and even visitors to our community from outside of the United States. Although every donation was thanked, we would like to say Thank You one more time to everyone that donated and a big Thank You to the Loves Corporation for allowing us to use their facilities and employees in helping us raise $3,068 for the Raymond family, far exceeding our goal of $2,000.
Article by: Lt. Ron Hood
Photo by: Paramedic Jen Ottenschot