SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Multiple fundraising events are being held to benefit two boys who were seriously injured after they fell from a bounce house that went airborne in May.
On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. a car wash benefit at the South Glens Falls Fire House was held. Those going to the car wash are asked to make a donation. Those hosting the car wash at the Station 2 Fire House on Route 197 say 100-percent of the proceeds will be benefiting the two boys.
Also on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m., Mr. Bill’s Car Hop hosted an ice cream fundraiser. Fifty-percent of all ice cream sales will be donated to the boys to help pay for medical bills.
"It’s really heartwarming; it just pulls at your heart strings,” said Michele DeLuca.
DeLuca is the mother of Noah, who is one of the boys who was injured. She said he is doing better and that the support they feel has really helped.
“It’s just unbelievable how thoughtful and considerate strangers are and how they pull together when a tragedy happens,” she said.
Strangers, like Ross Loffler, who were on scene the day of the accident. He says it left parents everywhere hugging their children and asking what they could do to help the two families.
“It touches you, it's something you don't forget,” said Loffler.
Over 200 cars pulled into the car wash to support the two boys on Sunday.
On May 12, two boys were injured after the bounce house they were inside was yanked off the ground by a gust of wind. The kindergartners fell from the toy when it reached about 15 to 20 feet in the air. They suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to Albany Medical Center.
One girl was also in the bounce house but fell out quickly. She suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
On May 26, it was announced that six-year-old Noah was recovering at home. However, there was no word on the condition of five-year-old Cameron.
The DeLuca’s say there is still a long road of recovery for their son. Seeing him walk around the car wash and seeing the outpouring of support from the community helps them move on to the next chapter.
“We’re starting the heeling process but were still worried about the unknown,” said DeLuca.
Following the incident, the South Glens Falls Police Department said they want to make it clear that the parents and neighbors watching the children did everything they were supposed to do. They also said it looks like there will be no criminal charges filed against the owner as they described the incident as a freak accident.
Two more fundraisers are scheduled in June as well. On Tuesday, the Recovery Sports Grill in Queensbury will donate 15% of their sales as long as a coupon is presented to staff.
On Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. Bill’s Car Hop will host another fundraiser. There will be live music, raffles, face painting and more. Fifty-percent of all food sales and 100-percent of all other sales will go to the boys.
The money from the fundraisers will be split evenly between both families.