Residents from New Bloomfield and Holts Summit came together at New Bloomfield High School Saturday afternoon to support the family of an infant diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
The day of activities included a car show, a petting zoo, and a barbecue, amongst others. However, the biggest event was an auction that took place in the high school cafeteria.
Many different items were up for bid, from sculptures to handmade quilts. The room was packed full of people who felt they had to do something for Milleigh Turner and her family.
â??Itâ??s for a good cause,â?? said Christina Shiverdecker, who came out to show support. â??Weâ??ve got a little girl that needs as much help as she could possibly get. Good auction, good stuff, good food, good people.â??
Milleigh, who was born in May of 2013, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after experiencing a form of sudden infant death syndrome. Her family has struggled with the expense of getting their daughter the treatment she needs, hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
New Bloomfield Lions Club president Keith Thomas and his wife Evelyn said when they learned of Milleighâ??s situation, they knew they had to do something.
â??New Bloomfield is a close-knit community,â?? Evelyn Thomas said. â??It showsâ?| everybody is really supporting us.â??
â??We set a goal of five thousand dollars,â?? Keith Thomas said. â??We had almost passed that before the day started.â??
Residents said they hope after Saturdayâ??s fundraiser, the Turner family will be able to get Milleigh the medical help she needs. Milleighâ??s parents said the generosity of so many people has changed their perspective on what it means to be a part of the community.
â??Itâ??s an amazing community,â?? said Jennifer Turner. â??We wouldnâ??t change being part of a small town at allâ?| itâ??s amazing.â??
Ben Turner said he no longer takes for granted the time he spends with his family, especially his daughter. â??Itâ??s been surreal,â?? Turner said. â??I never would have imagined my life being like this, but seeing how the community has come together and helped us out in our time of need, seeing the support from complete strangers, itâ??s overwhelming.â??