Photo provided by the Foland Family.
Farmer, NC -- We have some good news to report. News 2 talked to Tommy Foland's great uncle on Sunday. He told us Tommy is up walking, and the family's goal is to get the 4-year old outside in a couple days.
Tommy was seriously injured when his father drove into the path of an oncoming truck on Friday, August 31. His 6-year-old sister Rosalei died in the wreck and she was buried Saturday.
Over the weekend, the community of Farmer rallied around the family, holding a yard sale, hot dog dinner and auction to help with the Foland's funeral expenses and medical bills. The all-day event raised $23,400.
On Saturday, Rosalei's father, Rodney Foland, was not at the funeral. He remains in jail charged with causing the crash that killed her and left her 4-year-old brother, Tommy hospitalized.
In this time of need, people from as far away as Florida are donating to try and help this family with funeral and hospital expenses.
"I only knew her for 7 days but you love them from the very start."
Cheryl Watson is a teaching assistant in Rosalei Foland's first grade classroom at Farmer Elementary School.
"She had glitter on her face several days from the clothes she had on and told her I was going to call her my glitter queen," said Watson.
Rosalei was killed last week in what police think was a crash caused by a drunk driver.
"Through her, a lot of people have come closer," said Watson.
And for her, communities have come together to help in any way they can.
"It's overwhelming really. It's overwhelming really that everyone has come out." Farmer Fire Chief Tracy Boyles organized the hot dog dinner, and live auction to help Rosalei's family pay for her funeral.
In hot dog sales alone, Boyles says they've raised $8,000.
"This is evidence of the kindness of people and the heart of people really has and how people are willing to step up and help those who they don't know and may never know,"
Warren Brown didn't know Rosalei or her family. Neither did Alex Davis.
"I just hope that this proves to them that there is hope," said Davis.
"She touched a lot of lives," said Watson. "And with her death she's touched a whole lot more."
"They can get through this and we're going to help them."
At this point, Chief Boyles can only estimate how much money has been raised. He believes it's close to $20,000. That is more than enough to pay for Rosalei's funeral. The rest will go towards Tommy's medical bills.
A family member tells News 2 Tommy has been moved to a regular room at Baptist Hospital. They say his doctors say he's doing better than expected but still has a long road of recovery ahead.
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