Community raises money for kids injured in Rapid City bus accide - KOTA Territory News

Community raises money for kids injured in Rapid City bus accident


The two children injured in the September school bus accident are back at home but have long roads of recovery ahead. On Friday the community came together to raise money for them.

People crowded into the Knollwood Elementary cafeteria, all to raise money for Christopher Iliff and Ella Ovita, who were the children injured in the bus accident.  

"Well this started with some parents that came to me and asked if they could do something for the families. So this strictly comes from the community," said Deb Warr, Knollwood Elementary Principal.

There was a chili dinner, bingo, and a silent auction to raise money for the children's medical costs.  

"During the time that the children have been in the hospital and now are home from the hospital, they still require 24 hour care and so it's been a burden on their families so this is just a way that we can help support them with that," said Warr.

Organizers of the event say they couldn't believe the turnout. 

"We've been very impressed with how the community has come together, and it's overwhelming the amount of support we've gotten for this," said Zac Pengra, one of the organizers.

Families and businesses donated a variety of different items to be auctioned off, such as quilts, a grill, and even a hotel stay. 

"We appreciate all the hundreds of people who have donated items for this tonight and are just grateful that we have two kids we can celebrate."  

People can make a donation to the Knollwood Elementary Angels at the Black Hills Federal Credit Union.

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