The Joshua community continues to show their support for Makenzie Wethington, the Joshua High School student who was seriously injured during a skydiving accident in January when her parachute malfunctioned.
On March 29, Self Storage Solutions will host an auction to raise money for the Wethington family to help cover medical expenses.
Manager Joseph Sidawi organized the auction and said he wanted to get involved because “it's the right thing to do.”
“She doesn't have health insurance,” Sidawi said. “She's had it hard, and we want to help her every bit we can. She's received a lot of criticism, but the only thing that matters is that this girl is alive and well. She needs her community to stand behind her.”
So far, Sidawi said that he has been able to fill one 10-foot by 15-foot storage unit with community donations, including furniture, tools, electronics, outdoor equipment and much more. He's continuing to take donations with the hopes to fill a second unit.
“This has proven to be a very good fundraiser in the past,” Sidawi said. “The last one we had raised about $700 for Meals on Wheels. We have a really good community here in Joshua. Everyone sticks together.”
Sidawi said he hopes to also raise at least $700 for Makenzie.
In addition to the upcoming auction, Caddo Grove Masonic Lodge No. 352 is holding a raffle for a .22-caliber Henry rifle from Chisholm Trail Firearms of Burleson.
The rifle will be on display during the auction, and tickets are available for purchase from the Masonic lodge or at Self Storage Solutions. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
Ticket sales have already raised $1,300, and the Masonic Charity Foundation said that if $1,500 is raised they will match the contribution, Sidawi said.
Drawing for the Henry rifle will take place June 14 during the annual Masons barbecue at Mountain Valley Country Club.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. at Self Storage Solutions, 2032 W. FM 917 in Joshua. Residents are asked to arrive at 9 a.m.
Proceeds from both the auction and the raffle will go directly to the Wethington family. For information, call 817-558-4700.