SHERMAN – A small town in Chautauqua County continues to rally behind a family whose one-year-old son was killed and his two siblings burned in a house fire last month.
Over the weekend, supporters of the Taylor-Ball family gathered at “The Red’s Best Pancake House” in Sherman for a breakfast fundraiser.
The Taylor-Ball family was left displaced and grieving when a January fire took their home and the life of one-year-old Watson Taylor. His brother and sister, Miles and Elliye, suffered major burns before jumping from the second story of the home. According to the family, almost a month later, they are now starting to improve.
In addition to the hotcakes, there was a 50/50 drawing and basket raffle; with the baskets hand-made and donated by many in the community. All proceeds will go straight to the family.
“It’s turned my input on our community around. Literally everybody has gotten together and it’s like family, that’s what it feels like,” explained Krystle Pullan.
Community members that attended the benefit came with empty bellies, and open hearts.
“It’s a great event, great cause to raise money for a family in need,” stated participant Cody Bootes. “And it’s great to see the community come together and support the family.”
“I think the community has done well coming together to support them, I think they do a great job when crises like this happen,” explained Sammy Pacheco. “People come together and it’s great.”
Next, the community looks to help the family even more with another benefit on June 26. More information can be found on their Facebook page.