Small community does big things for one local family

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

This evening the community of Livingston came together to help a family who lost two kids in a car crash.

Malachi and his seven-year-old sister, Jada, were injured in a crash on Highway 150 in Mt. Vernon on Saturday. Jada Hayes died of her injuries on Sunday and on Wednesday afternoon Malachi Hayes died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Lisa Kirby, the owner of Lisa's Grocery and Diner in Livingston, put on a fundraiser to help raise money for the Hayes family. "It is awful, something I can't even imagine," explains Kirby, "to lose one kid is hard but to lose two at the same time, I can't imagine."

Dozens of people packed the restaurant this evening to pay their respects and help raise money. There was a silent auction as well as a donation jar and folks brought gifts as well as pictures to remember the two kids. "We're all here tonight to support the family," explains Kay Robinson, "it has brought the whole community and county together. This has rocked us all and we want to be there to help this family who is in need right now."

Another fundraiser is set for Sunday at Mount Vernon Elementary -where both children attended school. The event starts at 1:00 PM and goes until 5:00 PM.

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