Lackawanna County community organizes benefit for man injured by tree limb
MADISON TWP., LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WOLF) -- “He’s a very humble man and just not something that he thought was ever going to have to happen to him.”
More than one hundred people lined the grounds of the Madisonville Fire Department in Madison Township grabbing a bite to eat and pressing their luck on raffle baskets, all in support of Bob Toy.
Bob was injured at the beginning of June while helping a friend cut down trees.
A tree limb broke away and struck him, fracturing his skull, causing bleeding and swelling of the brain, breaking vertebrae in his neck, and dislocating his shoulder amongst other injuries.
Now, after depleting his health insurance and not being able to work.
His family, friends, and others in their close-knit community coming together to lend a helping hand to Bob as he so often does for others.
“He’s just the kind of person who would help you out with anything, you gave him a call and he’d be there for you. So he’s in a time of need so we’re all here to give back,” Dustin Shaffer, a family friend, said.
Bob’s cousin Shannon Ives says he’s very humble and rarely asks for help and was upset when he was first told about the benefit, but eventually came around.
“He has a hard time asking for help and accepting help and receiving. And when this happened it crippled him. Not even the injuries that happened. It was more life-changing because he had to get help. And even to this benefit, we tried to keep it a secret for a very long time to not let him know that it was going on because we didn’t want him to worry about something else and he felt bad that people were giving things and donating things,” Ives said.
People attending gave a $10 donation at the door, which included a barbecue chicken lunch and music, and also had nearly 90 raffle baskets to choose from, all of which were donated.
The outpouring of support something that even the youngest members of Bob’s family are showing gratitude for.
“It makes me feel good because everyone cares about him,” Bob’s nephew, McGee, said.
“Makes me good that people are supporting him,” Bob’s niece, Ryland, said.
Donations can be made via the Bob Toy Benefit GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/bobby-bob-toy-benefit