Community raises funds to cover expenses of mother and son killed in Desoto crash
A community has come together to help cover the expenses of the mother and son who were killed in the Desoto crash on September 2.
Mother Kaylee Hampton and son Cail were killed. Her husband, James, and her other son were injured and are still recovering in hospital.
The Arcadia community showed up at a tractor supply parking lot to support a mother and son who died a week ago.
Now James’ brother Nathan uses his mobile barbecue business to support his brother and nephews and raise money for funeral expenses and medical bills.
“We are overwhelmed and so grateful to our communities for coming out and helping us through such a tragic time. This event is to help both families, the griffon family and the Hampton family. So right now we’ve already sold 200 slices of ribs, with dinners and six cases of chicken,” Nathan said.
The line wrapped around the parking lot in the Southwest Florida heat. Teachers, parents, paramedics and friends honored mother and son.
Ray, a friend of the family, said: “She has helped the community a lot. She did it. She would help a lot of people if they really needed something. She would literally give you her shoes. I mean, that’s the kind of person she was. I mean, she’s done a lot for the community.
Family friend Jorgia Sutton was working with Kaylee.
“People are protesting today in support of the Hampton-Griffin family, because of the accident that happened last Friday. Well, Kaylee was just kind of a staple in the community, everyone had kind of a tragedy and she was the first to step in to take collections to line up fundraisers. And so that’s pretty much what we’re doing here today for Kaylee and Cail,” Sutton said.
The line continued to grow from morning to afternoon. People were here whether or not they knew Kaylee and Cail because of the impact they left.
“We’re just overwhelmed with the support and everything Kaylee was loved. Her son Kale was in love. My brother was love. James Hampton was loved. We were all loved. They were all people from the community. And that’s what we do. You know, whenever there is an event or a tragedy, we all come together, as you can see, you want to bring these people here. You can see the outpouring of our community. You can see the influx of people coming together,” Nathan said.
“It pains me to see the loss. I mean, it’s really going to leave a hole in Arcadia because like I said, she’s always stood up for people. And that means so much to people who are so small in such a small community and the thought of losing his son Kayo I kinda looked at him when he was younger and it breaks my heart to lose him you know and so all I can do about it as a mother to help bring peace to this family. I would love to do that,” Sutton said.
All the money raised today will be used to cover the family’s funeral expenses and medical expenses.
And there will be another event held at the Elks in Arcadia next week to celebrate the lives of Kaylee and Cail.