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Letter: Community Turns Out For Brayden

Donations are still welcome for the family of Brayden Rodgers, who died when a television fell on him in his home Dec. 31.


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our family, friends, all the local businesses and individuals with their generous donations in making the Brayden Rodgers – Brace it for Brayden Benefit an amazing success.

Three-year-old Brayden Lee Rodgers died on Dec. 31, 2011 when an older model TV fell over on top of him and he sustained fatal head injuries. Rodgers family is formerly from Burrillville and currently resides in Surprise, Arizona.  The young parents Heather Poole and Tyler Rodgers have been financially burdened with the cost of their son’s untimely death.

Hundreds of friends and family members organized a fundraiser on March 4 at the Elks Lodge in Smithfield. The family is still seeking donations and gift certificates, and hopes to promote awareness about the dangers surrounding older model TVs and small children. Every year, 150 children are killed by these TVs in the US.

Donations can be made online at www.wix.com/braydensbenefit/braydens-benefit. You can also call or text Jerilyn Mercier at 401-743-6947, or email braydensbenefit@yahoo.com.

This was a day we’ll never forget in remembering our love, Brayden. We are truly humbled to be part of such a supportive community.
Thank you! 

Sharon Brunelle
Jerilyn Mercier
Jocelyn Varin

lisa Huff March 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I also want to thank all of the people involved in remembering Brayden he was a very special little boy and how blessed I feel to have gotten to spend time with him. Heather and Tyler are amazing parents and I love them very much.

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