From tragedy, a sense of community

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM.

The Port St. Joe Lions Club seeded and established a bank account to help defray medical costs.

On Sunday, my wife and I traveled to the peninsula to watch the release of a green sea turtle. While there, I overhead a conversation about Everett, about his current condition and the shock over the events of last week.

I asked the two young ladies how they knew Everett, where they were from and it turned out they were two young women from Wewahitchka and somehow, someway, Everett had walked into their lives and left behind his huge footprints.

That is Everett and the thoughts and prayers of a community reached out to he and his family last week.

Thanks in large measure to the passion of Heather Raffield, a candlelight vigil was organized on the fly for the last Wednesday night.

Many sent messages that they would be unable to attend but would be there in spirit and thought.

More than 100 folks turned out to light a candle and pray for the full recovery of Everett Gant. Black and white, young and old, it was a community gathering, one that ignored rail lines and status and so much that divides us in order to unite.

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