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Community rallies to help Colleton man injured in freak accident

The Colleton community is coming together to help a man who was injured in a recent accident that took away his ability to walk or move on his own.
Houston Barr, 20, of Colleton County, fell while working in his lawn on Dec. 21st. That fall shattered his C5 and C6 vertebrae. It also fractured his C7 vertebrae. The overall injury turned Barr into a quadriplegic.
“He now has a 3-percent chance of ever regaining mobility. It’s horrific,” said Carrie Frisbie, a friend of Barr’s family and a member of the Maple Cane Baptist Church. Frisbie is helping to organize one of two fundraisers that will help Barr and his family.
When asked why Colleton residents should help Barr and his family, Frisbie said the answer is an easy one. “This accident could have happened to anyone of us, to any member of our own family or our children,” she said. “It is so bizarre and we have to do something to help him and his family.”
All proceeds from the two fundraisers are going to the family to help them purchase a vehicle. Right now, the family has a truck. That vehicle is not conducive to Barr’s wheelchair.
The money is also going to help him and his family with medical bills and in buying other medical equipment that he needs.
The first of these two fundraisers are being held this Saturday at the Colleton Saddle Club. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. for a horse show. Dinners will be on sale starting at 11:30 a.m. The $10 dinner includes a chicken leg, chicken perlo (chicken bog), green beans and a roll. Those who buy dinner will also be entered into a raffle. The prizes for this raffle include a variety of items, including a guided horse tour at a local plantation.
The second fundraiser is happening on March 14th at the Maple Cane Baptist Church. Tickets for this chicken bog dinner are $9.00 and are being pre-sold. The dinner includes chicken perlo, green beans, and a roll. The dinners can be picked up from noon to 4 p.m. at the church. In addition to this pick-up site, church members are also going to be serving the to-go dinners from two remote sites: the Walterboro Police Department and the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, off of Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville.
Pick-up from these two remote sites will be available at 5 p.m.
“This is to accommodate people who might not want to come all the way out to the church,” said Frisbie. To purchase tickets for the chicken dinner at Maple Cane Baptist Church, call Hunter Hall at 843-908-1988.
Anyone wanting to attend the event this Saturday can go to the Colleton Saddle Club.

Heather Walters (1700 Posts)