All proceeds of Saturday's mulch sale to benefit family

When his daughter was 20 years old, Kent Coble found himself traveling back and forth to Duke University Hospital in Durham, wanting to stay by the side of his child who had been badly injured in a car crash in Alamance County.

He knows the financial hardship and general toll that such a situation presents to families.

Having heard about the 8-year-old boy hit by a car while exiting a school bus on Wednesday, Coble jumped at the idea when his other daughter suggested the Coble family business sponsor a fundraiser.

On Saturday, Coble Sandrock, 5833 Foster Store Road, Liberty, will donate to the family of the child who is recovering at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill all proceeds from the sale of mulch.

“My sister said, ‘Do you care if we donate 10 percent?’” said Deanna Martin, who survived a crash more than two decades ago. “My dad said, ‘10 percent? Let’s donate 100 percent.’ He knows it’s very expensive to travel back and forth with a sick child, just for parking, food — just everything.”

Martin’s sister, Jenny Gum, is helping organize the fundraiser, which will take place at the family’s construction and demolition landfill where they have a recycling center. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., anyone can come buy a load of mulch — filling any size truck bed — for just $10. All of that money will go toward the injured child’s family.

Additionally, Martin said, the family also has close ties to E.M. Holt Elementary School, where the student injured attends first grade.

She said her grandfather, father, she and her sister, as well as her sons and her sister’s children all attended the elementary school.

“We’ve had four generations at E.M. Holt,” Martin said.

Her family will drop off at the school Monday all donations collected through the one-day fundraiser.

“We don’t care if you bring a little itty-bitty truck or a tractor-trailer,” Martin said. “It’s $10 a load no matter what size. We’ll take donations and whatever we get will go straight to the family.”

 

ON THURSDAY, FIRST-GRADE students at E.M. Holt Elementary signed and drew on a large banner for their classmate during the grade level’s end-of-year-party. Teachers from the school were delivering it to the child at the end of the day, as they will next week for another banner being left in a school common area for other students to sign.

Jenny Faulkner, public information officer for Alamance-Burlington School System, said community members have asked how they can support the child’s family.

The school’s principal, Mariah Vignali, is asking that those wishing to donate drop off at the school’s front office gift cards to gas stations and restaurants to help the family during the recovery.

Representatives from E.M. Holt Elementary will drop off the items collected to the family on a daily basis, Faulkner said.

The school is located at 4751 N.C. 62, Burlington.