SPOKANE, Wash.—The Spokane community rallied together on Sunday to help a little girl after she lost her mother in the summer of 2013.
It looked like Madison and her dad would be in a new house after Christmas thanks to Sunday’s fundraiser at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Friends and family called the fundraiser “Making Magic for Madison.” They are doing everything they can to help 6-year-old Madison and her dad get back on their feet after her mother died in a tragic car crash.
"She needs her mama and she doesn't have her this Christmas and it breaks my heart,” said family friend and fundraiser organizer Abbi Soneson.
Christmas 2013 will be the first Christmas Madison will be without her mother Hannah.
Hundreds of people came out to the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Sunday to make sure Madison has a Christmas she and her father can remember. Madison’s dad lost his job and his home after the crash.
"He accepts a position, he gets laid off shortly after. Quickly finds another one and then gets laid off again and so it's just been a real struggle and these people deserve it,” said Samson.
Friends put together the fundraiser to help the family find a new place to live. There was a silent auction and a blind auction along with raffle tickets and visits with Santa. Kids even drew pictures for the family.
"It's been so powerful, meeting these people willing to donate and they don't even know the family,” said Soneson.
The Resort stepped up and donated the room and everything organizers needed for the fundraiser.
The fundraiser raised about $3,000 Sunday. That will pay eight months of rent for Madison and her dad’s new home.
"It's just going to show her how much we really love her and care about her and how amazing of a little girl she really is,” said friend and event organizer Jamie Hunter.
Organizers said a random man at a restaurant even emptied out his wallet for the family.