LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A little East Texas girl is pulled from the water before drowning, but now her family faces massive medical bills on her road to recovery. Now, their community has responded in a big way.
From dunking booths to face painting, every dollar made in the shadow of the old Marshall courthouse went to help the family of 14-month-old Madie Skinner.
"Events like these they really bring a community together, especially a town like Marshall," says event volunteer Jill McIntosh.
On August 25th, while at the babysitter's house, Madie fell into a swimming pool. Quick work by EMT's got Madie to Good Shepherd Hospital in Marshall, then flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas. She is now stable in ICU.
"I know what I would feel like if it were one of my children," said family friend Rocky Hargiss. "It would be terrible, and I just wanted to give back."
Many who came out did not know the Skinners or Madie, but that didn't matter.
"You had childhood friends here," said McIntosh. "Then, you had people that don't live here that came from Shreveport-Bossier that just heard about it and came to participate. These are funds that can be used immediately whether is travel expenses, any kind of bills."
Organizers say the event was proof that a community can make a difference together.
"Regardless if they know each other or not they all came together," said McIntosh. "This is proof that, yes, you can make a difference - a huge difference."
Over 1,000 people turned out for Sunday's fundraiser. An account has been established at Bancorp South in Marshall under the name of 'Miles 4 Madie'.