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Community raises money to help Pasco firefighter's family who lost baby girl in crash

The Garcia family lost their infant daughter
Posted at 10:20 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 23:11:44-04

LUTZ, Fla. -- The Brick City Eatery in Lutz made pizzas with a purpose on Wednesday night.

Twenty percent of proceeds on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. went to the family of a Pasco County firefighter.

"It's heartwarming to see everybody come together for a sole purpose," said firefighter Brandon Toney.

This week, Hunter Garcia and his wife, Kayla, left the hospital after the couple was hurt in a horrific car crash on September 13.

Kayla will head to a local rehab facility where she will need several weeks of rehab for her injuries.

The crash happened near the intersection of Van Dyke Road and Brown Road in Hillsborough County.

The crash killed their baby daughter, Clara.

RELATED: Pasco County firefighter, wife leave hospital after Sept. 13 crash that killed their baby daughter

"Everybody always instantly comes together. It's a huge outreach of what can we do for the family. How can we get shifts covered and make sure he's taken care of so he doesn't have to worry about that," said firefighter Michael Boles.

Sharri Cagle, Founder of Keys to Kindness, organized the fundraiser. Keys to Kindness is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and empowering individuals to practice kindness in their everyday lives and community.

"Setting up the fundraiser and constantly seeing their pictures and the picture of that baby, it tears at you. If I'm that torn, I can't imagine how the family feels," said Cagle.

Bahama Bucks in Trinity and Odessa will donate a portion of its proceeds on Thursday, September 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Three Brothers Pizza will do the same on Sunday, September 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

East Lake Fire Rescue recently provided a check for $1,300 to help the Garcia family with expenses. They raised the money during a 5k Run/Walk.