RANSOM TWP. – Small towns, big hearts.
An outpouring of support Oct. 21 drove that message home when the Neighbors Helping Neighbors group organized a benefit dinner for Cassie Davies and her family at the Newton-Ransom Fire Hall in Clarks Summit.
The event began at 4 p.m. and pasta dinners were completely sold out by 5:15 p.m., but that did not stop guests who continued to file in, still paying the regular dinner price as a donation.
The event's purpose: to help the Morgan and Davies families cover the cost of travel, food and hotel expenses while 27-year-old Cassie Davies undergoes tests and treatment at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. She is currently being treated for a brain infection which caused paralysis. She is the daughter of Joyce and Horace Davies.
In addition to the dinner, a bake sale included pies, cakes, cookies, breads and more, all donated.
There were more than 120 gift baskets contributed by friends, neighbors and others, which were raffled off at the end of the event. Teddy bears from Avon Fundraising were sold. All these efforts were organized to help allow Cassie Davies' family to be close to her during her treatment.