'Cooking for Brooks' raises $6,000 for burn victim, family - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

'Cooking for Brooks' raises $6,000 for burn victim, family

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Nearly three weeks after a 7-year old Bossier Parish boy was badly burned at a deer hunting campfire, the community has come together to help him and his family.

Beyond the sights and sounds of burgers grilling, the exchange of cash, and the embrace of hugs a big fundraiser in the shadow of the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton on Friday, November 1, was all about one thing: Helping 7-year old burn victim Brooks Prewitt.

Longtime Bossier City firefighter Matt Kinney says he was asked by a friend of the Prewitt family to help organize a fundraiser for them. When asked why he chose to get involved, Kinney responded, "I think it's why not? I think any time you can help out a child we should."

Kinney helped bring together other Bossier City and Benton firefighters. They joined forces to help Brooks, who's now recovering at the University Health Burn Unit in Shreveport, and his family, now faces mounting medical bills.

And the public turned out in droves to pay their dollars each for what organizers called 'Cooking for Brooks.' "It's unbelievable what the people have been doing just to wrap their arms around us and the support. It's just, we're not even sure how to say an adequate thank you to this community," said Brooks' father Kyle.

Organizers told us that fundraisers like this can generate up to two thousand dollars and they hoped to raise even more. Hours after the last burger was grilled, Kinney called us to announce that they raised three times that goal, a whopping six thousand dollars to help the Prewitt family.

And it all came on a big day in Brooks' recovery. "They did do the skin grafts Monday. The doctor, the surgeon, took the bandages off today for the first time and she said she was real happy with what she saw," said Kyle Prewitt.

Video from the 'Prayers for Brooks' Facebook page shows this brave second grader fight back tears and try to walk again, twenty days after some accelerant had spread from a deer camp fire and onto his hands and legs. "When you see your kid completely on fire, you know (pause), he was completely engulfed in flames," recalled Kyle Prewitt.

As well wishes pour in from the likes of the Duck Dynasty cast, to Brett Favre and Drew Brees, Prewitt's father says there's no firm date when Brooks might return to Legacy Elementary. But, he could be back home within a week.

If you want to donate to the Prewitt family you can go to Barksdale Federal Credit Union and tell them you want to donate to the "Brooks Prewitt" benefit.

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