Community offers help to recovering family

Hope Crew for Tanner Underwood

POSTED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:25pm

Hundreds of people yesterday came out to the Hog Creek Icehouse to raise cash and support a local family in need.

Music and friends and smiles filled the large hall and backyard-a welcomed atmosphere for a family who has been through a lot.

Tanner Underwood and his family were involved in car crash in March. Tanner, left with lingering physical and mental disabilities, has been recovering and improving since.

“Tanner is the smartest person in the world. Really a fun-loving kid that has a great sense of humor," said Jim Underwood, Tanner's father. "He loves to play basketball, loves Baylor sports and is kind of a class clown at his school.”

Jim says classmates of Tanner’s came together to help the family after the crash. The support group call themselves the Hope Crew.

“They actually raised money at school for him by selling t-shirts. They're just neat kids who want to do good for him.”

Raising money has been important for the family.

“The fellow who hit us had a 5-thousand dollar liability policy. We spent that much in the first 12 hours. We’re at about a million and a half dollars in expenses," said Underwood.

The community has been helping anyway they can.

“Those people have been great. They’ve mowed our lawn, they maintained our house. They provided meals. You know we had a guy come in and re-did our bathroom for free for us. Just putting in his own time. Taking out the bathtub and putting in a roll-in shower," said Underwood.

On Sunday night, Jim asks for one thing.

“The biggest thing is just prayers. Let Tanner know that he’s not forgotten. That he’s part of the community. And he always will be. Just good thoughts and prayers for Tanner. That is the biggest thing.”

If you would like to donate to the Underwood family, the support group has set up an account with Extraco banks in the Waco area.


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