Fundraiser helping Brown County flooding victims

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BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (July 20, 2015) - One central Indiana community is finding hope in helping.

Brown County was one of the hardest hit areas of last week’s storms.  At least seven homes were destroyed and even more homes and businesses were damaged.

The Watkins family lost something that can’t be replaced. Travis Watkins, 37, was killed after being swept away in flood waters.  Watkins was trying to cross Gnawbone Creek to help his grandma.

“I liked to sit in his room listen to music with him watch movies with him. He liked to show me stuff like how to work on a car outside,” said Demi Watkins, Travis’ 11-year-old daughter.

Travis had three kids.

“I was like what can I do to help this community, what can I do to help Travis Watkins family?” asked Jess George, benefit organizer.

George put out some “Facebook feelers” and in less than 72 hours, the benefit was underway.

On Monday, The Pine Room turned into a flooding fundraiser.  Donations from live music tips, a silent auction, and part of the proceeds from the restaurant’s sales will go to help the Watkins’ family and other flooding victims.

“It’s small town Indiana. It's people coming together helping each other,” said Lacey Gobert, supporter.

The benefit had a deeper meaning than just raising money.

“Most of all I wanted the community to come out and smile because it’s been a rough week down here,” said George.

Brown County Emergency Management officials are still asking residents to report any damages.

If you’re interested in donating money or items such as personal hygiene products, bedding, clothes, or nonperishable food items you can contact God’s Grace, the Salvation Army or monetary donations can be delivered to the Brown County Auditor’s Office in the County Office Building. Donors should direct their checks to the care of the Brown County Disaster Response Fund.


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