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Thousands helping 3 orphaned Houston kids

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thousands of strangers are coming to the aid of three Houston children orphaned earlier this month. The family of five was driving back from a vacation in Colorado, when, in Fort Stockton, an SUV veered into oncoming traffic and hit the van they were in head-on. Both parents died and two of the children are now paralyzed.

The accident has touched so many lives and brought many from across the country together. On Wednesday night, it was Houston Dynamo fans.

Through a sea of orange, there's was a section of black at the Dynamo game.

"It's really two stories, in my opinion, because there's the obvious tragedy and then there's what happened afterwards, which is phenomenal, really, because this is touching people all over the U.S.," said family friend Lynn Chorn.

Strangers and friends of the Berry's have come together. Joshua and Robin Berry are no longer here to care for their children, so many are stepping in. Peter and Aaron have life-changing injuries, while young Willa has broken bones.

"I hope it gets better soon and I hope he can still play sports because I know he loves that," said Maya Chorn, a classmate of one of the victims.

"I hope they get well soon," classmat Benjamin Chorn said.

The soccer game is the latest way people have reached out. From bake sales to car washes, Juliette Blodgett's family is waiting for the delivery of green bracelets that read 'P.A.W.' Proceeds will go to the Berry children.

"My children and I were in the car one day talking about what can we do, how can we raise money, how can we make a difference for this family and we came up with this idea of rubber bracelets that so many children wear today," Blodgett said.

The Israeli consulate also purchased 100 tickets and donated them to Big Brothers Big Sisters in honor of Joshua, who was always giving back. Now, many believe it's their turn.

"They were people that did so much for us and there's a void now in all our lives so we're trying to fill that void with by love and support of these children," Congregation Beth Yeshurun Rabbi Brian Strauss said.

Proceeds from some of the ticket sales and T-shirt sales will go to the Berry children's fund, and there's a long list of fundraisers both in Houston and across the country. A big one is coming up next week at I W Marks.

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