Thank You!

He gets to say goodbye, the proper way.

Through the generosity of a lot of amazing people, Hillsboro High School football player Chris Chapman will lay his mom to rest Monday.

Thursday night at the visitation, it looked very bleak that a funeral would happen anytime soon but you all stepped in and as of Sunday morning, have donated twice the amount to help him bury his mother.

The GoFundMe account was set up for $4,000 and with all the donations there, it is over $8.000.  And still rising. 

That is just on that site.

I was told an elementary school heard the story and took up, mostly in change, $52 and took it to over to Hillsboro to give to him.

One lady called Chris’ coach and said she has a place to stay if needs one because her kids are all grown.

A Mt. Juliet youth soccer coach held a fundraiser at 3 different locations on Saturday to raise money.

The phone at Hillsboro High School was ringing non-stop on Friday for those wanting to help.

And, I have talked to about a dozen other people who mailed a check to the school, in care of the booster club, to help him out. 

Any other monies raised after paying for the funeral will go into a trust fund for Chris.

Craig Clayton, his coach, got choked up reading all of the comments on the GoFundMe site from people who do not know Chris but wanted him to know, that they love him and more importantly, God loves him.

And I want to thank all of those who heard Chris’ story on the radio Friday morning on 94.9 Game 2, who donated and helped spread the word.  I immediately thought about this quote from Edward R. Murrow.  He said it about TV but in this case, it applies to radio:

“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box.”

Thank You!

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