BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- After a fatal car accident on December 28, a local bar turned a Saturday night show into a benefit to help the family with medical costs.
Daniel Shultz, of the band Dan Luke and the Raid, approached Tidball's about turning the Dan Luke and the Raid Birthday Bash show into a benefit for the heartbroken family.
"When life gives you a platform and a pedestal if you can use it to help others, we believe that it's a way so why not help," said Brian Jarvis, co-owner of Tidballs.
Five-year-old Jude passed away at the hospital after the crash. Her seven-year-old sister Norah has since been released from the hospital, but their other sister, nine-year-old Hannah remains at Vanderbilt Children's in Nashville.
"It's beautiful to see all the love. That's one thing that we have seen throughout this entire time is the love that everyone has shown and that's family, extended family, perfect strangers. Everyone has just been so supportive and shown so much love and that's really the one thing that you can cling to at a time like this," said Carrie Arnold, cousin of the three girls.
All door proceeds went directly to the girls' family, and about 20% of all sales also went to help the family with medical costs.
Donations were also taken at the bar.
According to Tidball's Facebook page, a total of $2,650 was raised for the family.
The grandmother of the three girls spoke with WBKO Sunday evening and wanted to thank the community for their help and support.
Here's Amy Stodghill's full statement:
"The response was overwhelming. Hannah, Norah, and Jude attend Alvaton Elementary. Their principal, assistant principal, and teacher all have been here numerous times. They've brought us food, they've brought us cards from their classmates, they've drawn pictures and we've got them hanging all over their rooms. That has just been phenomenal to see because the girls have received tons of cards from people we don't even know. We're a blended family anyway and for all of us to be down here, we have really rallied around and become really close through this entire ordeal.
The feedback from the community is such a tremendous blessing. All the support, love and prayers are so appreciated and they are working. I honestly believe we were spared a few extra days with Jude to spend extra time with her in her room. She fought super hard and rallied a few times. Losing Jude was the most devastating thing that I've ever personally been through in my life. But, Jude is still shinning. She is sending strength to her big sisters and to us.
Norah was released Tuesday. Norah has to use a pediatric walker for added balance. Norah is going to make a full recovery. Hannah is still in the hospital, but we are maybe expecting to go to Frazier Rehab in Louisville hopefully this coming up week and her injuries are a little bit more significant. Hannah took a pretty big blow to her head causing a brain bleed. In turn, the head trauma resulted in a stroke and seizure. Thank goodness, we haven't had any more seizures. Hannah also had some facial fractures and they've done her facial reconstruction, so she is looking more like our Hannah. Good news is, she is still our Hannah. She is using hand signals to communicate with us as she relearns things. Hannah's left side is still weak, but she is moving her arm and her leg now which is very encouraging.
With that being said, I just want to personally thank South Central Kentucky for rallying around us during our crisis. We are nowhere through it yet. I hate to think about the costs of all these bills, the rehab in the future that these kiddos are going to go through.
The Go Fund Me has done really well. The Tidball's event was phenomenal last night. But, I really hope it continues for the girls and my son and daughter-in-law, unfortunately, they're really going to need it.
I know not everyone can give, and that's fine, but I hope everybody continues to pray for these kids and for our family and shares the Go Fund Me page for us.
We appreciate so much all the prayers and just how many people have really reached out to the family and really shown us so much love. It has been a little overwhelming at times. We've had so many people here at the hospital and it has been so great."
A link to the family's gofundme page is attached below.