“I think tons of people have been affected by Calle’s story,” said Jodi LaFountain, a Carver resident and creator of “Caring Crowns,” an annual youth beauty pageant and fund-raiser at Plymouth South High School. Calle was crowned a few weeks ago at the event, which raised $1,600 for Hope for Caroline Inc.
“People just want to help and be a part of it,” said LaFountain.
She said she teaches dance to a young girl from Bourne who heard about the diagnosis and sold ribbons to family and friends and raised $500 for Calle, a stranger to her.
“People are so incredible. It is mind-blowing to see how people have come forward,” said Kate Snowden, Calle’s grandmother. She said the countless acts of kindness have helped sustain the family during an impossible time.
Sharon Ramos, Calle’s aunt and cochairwoman of a donation committee, said the outpouring of support has been incredible. She shared notes sent from individuals and groups offering prayers and support: A 6-year-old girl gave up birthday presents in lieu of donations to Hope of Caroline Inc.; a confirmation class in Hingham is praying for Calle; and, most recently, a high school softball team in Hanover is holding a youth clinic and donating the proceeds to the foundation.
Kelli Reed, the other cochairwoman of the donation committee and an organizer of a June 7 fund-raising auction, said virtually everyone she meets in Norwell has been deeply affected by what Calle and her family are going through.
“It is just every parent’s worst nightmare. We all just want to reach out in any way that we can, whether it is saying prayers and remembering Calle every night or anything we can do,” said Reed.
Carr said the little girl and her family are touching hearts and minds here and beyond.
“Every event connected to Calle has a strong energy of hope, and you feel lucky to be a part of it,” she said.
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