CRAWFORD, Texas (KWTX) More than $200,000 has been raised so far for the family of a former Crawford woman who was seriously hurt in a crash last Thursday in Georgia that killed three of her four children.
The online fundraiser was launched by two local men, one of whom grew up with the children’s mother, Tasha Smith, a 1996 Crawford High School graduate who was a popular stylist at Hairstyle Plus in McGregor for several years after she graduated.
She remains at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., after the crash Thursday morning.
She suffered broken bones, a brain bleed and underwent emergency surgery Friday morning.
Two of her children, Bella Dinger, 12, and Bostyn Dinger, 14, were ejected from the family’s car and died at the scene of the crash.
Bryson Dinger, who turned 16 on Thursday, and was driving the car, died early Friday morning.
Reed Davidson has known Tasha his entire life and went to school with several members of her family.
Her mother, Glenda Smith was his fifth grade teacher.
After learning of the accident, he reached out to members of his men’s Bible study group at Harris Creek Baptist Church asking for prayers.
One of the group’s members, Joseph Stepanski, had never met Tasha, but asked Reed if he could create a Facebook emergency fundraiser.
The pair had no idea how successful their efforts would be.
“It’s amazing to see what God’ done with it,” Reed said.
The fundraiser raised thousands of dollars in just the first few hours, and has continued to grow as people well outside of Texas and Georgia learn of the devastating wreck through social media.
“From the East Coast to the West Coast all over people have been reaching out to us,” Davidson said.
“We’ve even gotten messages from England.”
The men were hesitant about talking about their role with the fundraiser, but say at this point, they’re willing to do anything that will help them reach their goal
“We’ve done the math and we need to raise at least $250,000, and likely beat that goal. We want to cover all medical expenses, funeral costs and time off for this family to grieve,” Davison said.
A GoFundMe campaign, meanwhile has raised more than $6,000.
All money raised from both will be transferred to the Security Bank of Crawford where it will then go directly to the family.
“This family is near and dear to my family’s heart and I’m honored to be able to help them out,” Davidson said.