Benefit for Burn Victims and Ways You Can Help!

Recently, a flash fire broke out at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Virginia. Three men were injured in this flash fire. Two of them were burned on over 90% of their bodies, Andrew Goad (middle) and Dakota Grimmett (right). One, Travis Mitchell, (far left) suffered minor burns and was released from the hospital shortly after. However, Dakota and Andrew remained in the hospital. Sadly, a few days later, Andrew Goad passed away. Dakota Grimmett still remains hospitalized and fights daily for his life. He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

This area is about 45 minutes away from my home. I was devastated by the effects of the explosion. Then, I found out there was a benefit that was being organized to donate all proceeds to the families of these victims. It will be held on July 8th at the USW Hall in Radford, Virginia. There will be a dinner, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, a motorcycle ride, jewelry, and many other wonderful vendors. It is humbling to see the way the community is coming together to support our local heroes. Being close to some people that work at this facility, I asked myself what I could do to help. So, I will be set up at the benefit taking donations for copies my new book. All donations will be given to the families of these burn victims.

If you are in or around this area, please come by between noon and 6 pm. If you are interested in participating in the motorcycle ride that starts at 10 am, or want more information about this event, visit the event link below. Come and grab a bite to eat, a raffle ticket, a book, a silent auction item, and anything else offered to support our local heroes! If you have anything to donate or want to help out, please contact Amber Skidmore via the facebook event link below:

If the link doesn’t work, it can also be found by typing: Benefit Dinner for Burn Victims Injured in Flash Fire at BAE in the search bar.

If you would like to donate to their Celco Federal Credit Union donation account, please see the information below:

Celco Federal Credit Union:

P.O. Box 361

Narrows, VA 24124

Phone: (540) 921-2700

If you are interested in donating to their Go Fund Me pages or buying a t-shirt to help out, the links are listed below:

Go Fund Me:


Fundraiser fo Dakota and Andrew Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - front

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