Church uses social media to raise money for handicapped child

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Members of one southeastern Kentucky church are trying to make a big difference in the life of a handicapped teenager. And there are ways you can help, too.

Meet Gwen Moore and her grandson, Hunter. He's 11 years old and has never been able to use his legs because of cerebral palsy.

"His handicap has not deterred him in the least," said Rev. Allen Bonnell, the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Whitley County. "If it's stairs, he'll go up on his knees. At school, dancing on the gym floor, he'll be on his knees. He's just a great personality and a great sense of who he is."

But loading Hunter in and out of vehicles is a difficult process for his grandmother, who is raising Hunter and his older brother.

"When you look at Gwen and all that she goes through each and every day to try and get Hunter in and out of the vehicle, a task you and I would consider routine, it really grabs a hold of your heart," Bonnell said.

So church officials are trying to raise $25,000 to buy the family a handicap-friendly vehicle complete with a motorized lift.

More than $8,000 has already been raised since the fundraiser began last week.

Plus, the video the church put on Facebook to promote the fundraiser has hundreds of views.

"It was a challenge to film that video and stand behind the camera and not want to go help her," church videographer Joey Hampton said. "We even cut it down some to make it a little shorter."

Church officials hope to reach their $25,000 goal by the end of the calendar year.

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