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East Texas community to hold fundraisers for 7-year-old drowning victim

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Setting up for the garage and bake sale fundraiser (Source: Kyle DeLaughter) Setting up for the garage and bake sale fundraiser (Source: Kyle DeLaughter)
REDWATER, TX (KSLA) -

Residents in Redwater, Texas are coming together to help the family of a 7-year-old autistic child who drowned in a pond.

The family of Liam Hamilton, 7, continues to grieve their loss. Search and rescue teams found Hamilton's body at the bottom of a pond on July 24th after searching for nearly six hours. His mother says Liam was playing outside with his grandfather and for some reason started running. The grandfather tried to follow, but wasn't able to catch up.

Now, Delaughter's Grocery in Redwater is hoping to cook up extra business this weekend to help Hamilton's family. "I am going to donate 20 to 25% of these deli items to the family of the Hamiltons, " says Kyle Delaughter, owner of Delaughter's Grocery. Delaughter is organizing a city wide fundraiser.

The event will take place in the parking lot of Delaughter's Grocery and First National Bank of Redwater. Organizers are asking people to donate items for a garage sale and a silent auction. "It doesn't matter even if we didn't know who they were. They are from Redwater and they are having a hard time," says Delaughter.

Residents have already started preparing and bringing items for the fundraiser including the town's Mayor Robert Lorance. "Everybody knows everybody in Redwater. We are a Christian based, family oriented community and anytime a tragedy or anybody needs help in Redwater, we all pull together," says Lorance.

The bake and garage sale fundraiser starts on Saturday, August 3 at 8 a.m. and continues until dark.

To make a donation, you can contact Kyle Delaughter at 903-908-4035. Kyle says all donations are welcome. A Liam Hamilton Memorial account has also been set up at Capital One Bank.

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