WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) —Shawn Sargent’s family was showered with support from the community Saturday at Stick’s Place on Sheppard Access Road.
The 12-year-old Iowa Park boy died Dec. 14, 2019, after he was struck by a train.
“Best person ever, he really was,” are the words Sargent’s cousin Christina Alambar uses to describe him.
After the train accident that claimed Shawn’s life, Alambar jumped in to help make sure the Sargents don’t have to worry about money.
“I really wanted to get a benefit going so that way they had money to fall back on, because not only did we run straight into Christmas, we run straight into not going back to work,” Alambar said.
More than 250 auction items filled Stick’s Place in Wichita Falls.
Every dollar made goes right into the Sargent’s hands.
“I feel for people, so if I have the resources, I’m gonna give, I’m gonna give 150 back, people don’t know how to go about doing these things, thank God we do and we have such a great group of people, a group of angels that come together and we help these families,” Stick’s Place owner Kim Stevens.
The message they’re sending is “Sargent Strong.”
“There’s definitely a few of us who still push people away, but I feel like with everybody being here today, it really helps them understand that there are people here to support us and there are people here not just looking to make money off of a tragic event,” Alambar said.
The community rallied around the Sargents right after the accident to help with funeral costs.
Now they’re sticking around as the family would like to move out of their house that sits right by the tracks.
“You don’t wanna wake up every day and see that,” Alambar said.
Alambar said the last month has been tough, but what’s not hard is remembering the impact their sweet Shawn made in his short life.
“He was such a great, kind-hearted person, he had a great personality, he could literally make you smile even if you were having a bad day,” Alambar said. “He’s definitely missed, for sure.”
The pain may never fade, but as the family sees in this room, neither will a community that’s “Sargent Strong.”
The benefit ends at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Stick with texomashomepage.com as we learn the exact dollar amount raised.
Those who weren’t able to make it to the benefit, you can donate here.