Over $7,000 Raised in Holt Family Fundraiser

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

All morning, holt students, teachers, friends and neighbors flooded McDonalds to buy hotcakes. The motivation wasn't a meal but a memory.

"I'm here for him and his family. Anthony was a good friend," said Noah Assefa, a Holt High School Senior.

"I'm here for Anthony," said another Holt High School senior Will Thurston.

"It's a fun time to get together and talk about our memories of Anthony," said Holt student Ryan Warner.

McDonalds' sold more than one thousand pancake breakfasts for $5 and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Anthony Harris' family.

"I'm31 at a loss for words. I expected some people to show up, but I had no idea. I had no idea what the turn out would be," said Anthony's mother Dalia Luera Harris.

"I'ts amazing the support and love that we've got from the community.," said father Anthony Harris Sr.

"I've been out trying to direct traffic. It's been very busy, a great turn out," said McDonald's senior supervisor Ed Lake.

McDonalds management partnered with the S.A.D.D organization to promote the event through flyers and facebook.

Students Against Destructive Decisions handed out awareness flyers where students could pledge not to drink underage. Family and friends surprised by the community support said the energy inside matches anthony's character.

"It's a positive energy. It's not sad. Like Anthony, he was always positive and energetic," said Thurston.

McDonalds doubled their staff working this morning and some managers donated their time, which ended up being a win-win situation.

"McDonald's gives to the community. So, we are gonig to give back to McDonald's they'll be our number one," said Barb Warner, a Holt High School parent.

More than $7,600 was raised by the end of the day. Anthony's parents say they're speechless seeing the sheer number that showed to support their son.

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