Car Giant raises $15k for Aeropres explosion victims

By Paige Nash

Car Giant in Minden recently held a fundraiser which included a bounce house, games, hamburger plates and a silent auction. By doing so they were able to raise an astounding $15,000 to benefit the Aeropres explosion victims and their families.  

Many local businesses, restaurants and individuals donated items and gift cards to be used for the silent auction. 

“It is an honor to be a part of both our community and a company that rallies together to help others,” said Car Giant Office Manager Lisa Realini.  

The explosion and flash fire occurred on an Aeropres site located off old Highway 7, just south of Cotton Valley, back in May. Webster Parish locals, Daniel Payne, Reagan Hardaway and Chancey Hawk were severely injured leaving both Hardaway and Hawk in critical condition. 

Hawk unfortunately passed away on June 30 from injuries he sustained in the accident, but the proceeds will be given to his fiancée to assist her, their children and family in any way needed at this time. 

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