Money raised to cover funeral expenses for a child who starved to death will instead benefit living children and their families after a funeral home picked up the cost of the child's burial.
The Vigo County Sheriff's Office has presented Reach Services a check for more than $3,100. The money was collected after four people were arrested in the February death of 9-year-old Cameron Hoopingarner.
When it was learned there was no money to give the child a proper burial, Amanda Hoole of Terre Haute started a GoFundMe account and contacted Sheriff Greg Ewing.
“I was humbled by the generosity of our community and the servant's heart of so many,” Ewing said.
After Roselawn Funeral Home took care of the cost of the funeral, Hoole and the Sheriff's Department decided to give the money to Reach, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of the Wabash Valley, in memory of Hoopingarner, who had cerebral palsy.
Susie Thompson, executive director of Reach Services, said the child's death “brings such sadness to an organization such as ours that advocates for children with special needs and works with parents and caregivers facing challenges, and untold stress in what they face each day.
"We will never be able to bring Cameron back but know that the donation you have made today will be used in helping children like Cameron and the parents who want answers to help them," she said.