Good news from Belmont County! Family and friends of Kelsi Weaver gathered Sunday afternoon at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookside to raise money for one special girl.
11-year-old Kelsi suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and has recently outgrown her wheelchair. Her family purchased a new one, as well as a new van, but the lift equipment is too expensive for the family to afford.
Family and friends sold soup and sandwiches, held a 50/50 raffle, and a Chinese Auction to raise the $25,000 for the new equipment. Pastor Karen Torrez says church members are a family and jumped at the chance to help Kelsi.
"She's a brilliant and bright and wonderful girl," she says. "When we heard the need that she has we just couldn't help but come together."
Any donations to help fund Kelsi's wheelchair lift should be sent to:
Attention: Cathie Benko for Kelsi Weaver
810 Moe Drive
Akron, Ohio 44310