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County churches unite for fundraiser to benefit Scott

Staff Photo by Andrew Alexander
Usually, when you wash your car, you have a pretty good feeling on the inside afterward. Something like a feeling of accomplishment accompanied by a bit of vanity, knowing you are about to be driving around town looking good in a clean ride.

But, when you get your car washed for the price of a small donation that goes to help a young man taking his first steps toward returning home from a long stint in the hospital, the feeling you get when climb back into the car is one of purity and hope; the selfless acts of others accompanied by your willingness to give is far more satisfying than buffing in your own shine just to see yourself smile.

While a young man takes his first steps, literally and figuratively, toward coming home, the community that longs for his return is taking its first steps toward making that home a more comfortable place.

A multi-location benefit for Lucas Scott, a freshman at Adamsville High School, was held last Saturday in Adamsville and Selmer. Area church and youth groups formed a coalition of sorts to put on a car wash to raise money for Scott, who is expected to make his return home soon.

“He's in rehab right now,” said Jane Ashe, who helped coordinate the event in Adamsville. “He's learning to walk again. He was in a coma for so long that he lost a lot of the muscle tone in his legs, so he's taking his first few steps this week. Hopefully, discharge is within the next couple of weeks.”

Between the two car washes, which were located at Jim's Best Stop in Selmer and Community South Bank in Adamsville, the group comprised of church members from an array of denominations raised more than $2,000 for Scott and his family.

Solitude Baptist, First Baptist-Adamsville, Good Hope Baptist, Stantonville Methodist, Kids for Christ, Savannah Church of Christ in Adamsville, First Baptist-Selmer, Lakeview Baptist and Full Gospel Fellowship in Selmer all came together to participate in the fundraiser to help Scott.

“When he comes home, he's going to need lots of care, and lots of different things in the home,” Ashe said of the reasoning behind the benefit. “We thank everybody in McNairy County so much for everything that they've done. The county's just all kinda come together to do this.”

Scotts long road home has not been an easy one thought things are looking up.

“He's been in the hospital in Memphis since February of this year,” Ashe said. “He's had pancreatitis after gallbladder surgery, and he developed lots and lots of complications. He's been on the ventilator for several months, and he had to have dialysis because he had renal failure.”

Though the car wash was a one-day event, donations can still be made by contacting Ashe at (731) 610-2698.

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