September 1, 2011

Relief Efforts Underway for Local Burn Victim

A Memphis man remains hospitalized in the Iowa University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City recovering from burns to more than 20% of his body, but back home efforts are underway to lessen the financial burden created by the accident.

Kevin Woods sustained 3rd degree burns to his right arm, torso and both legs during an accident August 20th when he was attempting to refuel a lawnmower.

The recovery has involved numerous skin grafts with continued medical care required to battle the onset of infection.

Area residents have already begun to step up and offer assistance to the Memphis family.

Kevin's son Matthew, a fifth grader at SCR-I Elementary School, and Kevin's daughter Faith Ann Miller, a paraprofessional at the school, were presented more than $675 raised by the students and faculty of the school in the week following the accident.

A special dinner and benefit auction will be held for Kevin on September 24th at the Memphis VFW. Dinner will start at 5 p.m. with the auction at 7 p.m. and a dance to follow at 9 p.m.

"Kevin is a great friend, neighbor, and member of this community," said organizer Stacie Whitaker. "Kevin would give the shirt off his back for anyone - now it is time for him to receive."

Anyone wishing to donate items for the benefit auction can leave them at Hoozie's Auto Sales in Memphis. To make financial contributions, to volunteer or for more information on the event contact Stacie at 660-341-7215 or Melissa at 660-216-2636.

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