The dinner will benefit 14-year-old Macy Gilbert, a Gordon County teenager, who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three when a BB gun misfired. The money will help her family buy a modified van with a lift.
Macy is a middle schooler at Ashworth, but is unable to speak, walk or use the left side of her brain.
“It just makes you feel terrible and helpless,” said Rhonda, her mom. “It’s hard to put into words and you can’t do anything, but pray for help.”
The barbecue dinner will be on Aug. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Victory Temple Church, located at 604 Lovers Lane Road.
Rhonda said the plates are $7 per person and include pork or beef barbecue with a bun, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, dessert and tea. Carryout plates do not include tea.
Those who want to come, but do not want to eat can make donations for the family.
“We are hoping to sell 5,000 plates or better,” Rhonda said. “This is our first time ever doing something like this, so I’m not sure how the turnout will be.”
In the meantime, Macy’s family is transporting her in a car and sitting her in the largest car seat available, but her mom said she is outgrowing the seat.
A modified van with a lift would provide her with comfort and help her grandmother transport her from school to doctors appoints and other places around town, Rhonda said.
“The No. 1 thing right now is her grandmother can’t lift her and she leaves school early,” Rhonda explained.
“I did get a two grants that will help pay for some of it, but we are trying to raise enough money to get a good down payment on it to lower the monthly payments,” she said. “It’s not going to be a new van. We are purchasing what we can afford.”