“When children are involved, it tends to hit home,” said Public Relations Officer Bucky Shelby on Wednesday outside of Long’s Pic-Pac during the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraiser for baby Camdyn. The comment seemed to hold true as many people in the community showed up to order lunch from the organization. All the proceeds raised during the event goes toward helping the child, who was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome.
The fire department raised almost $1,000 during the event. It kicked off at 11 a.m. The fire department sold lunches that included a hot dog, drink and desert for $2.
“The benefit for baby Camdyn has been going real well,” said Shelby. “I’m real pleased with the support the community has shown.”
Shelby said people were stopping by nonstop since the event started at 11 a.m. He also said Bell County Jailer Rex Miller ordered 95 dinners for the jail.
Raffle tickets were also being sold for $1 ticket on Wednesday. The winner, which will be announced on Aug. 29, will receive a free photo session worth $60.
The raffle tickets will continue being sold through Aug. 29. Those wanting to buy one can contact the fire department at 337-8080 or call Shelby’s cell phone at 269-1270.
In addition to the fundraiser, Shelby said all the leftover food from the event will be donated to the Lighthouse Mission Homeless Shelter.
Shelby said the event was their way of giving back to those in Bell County that show support to the fire department. Camdyn’s mother works for Walmart.
“Walmart has always been a big supporter of our organization, so this is just our way of showing support for Walmart and their employees,” said Shelby. “So many people give to us. It’s our turn to give back.”
Camdyn was born on June 4 with the congenital heart disease Heterotaxy Syndrome, which is a syndrome that causes a baby’s organs to form on the opposite side and causes the underformation of the heart. She is at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
With the exception of her first 14 days of life, she has been in the hospital. She has to have three heart surgeries and has already undergone one.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.