In the weeks since country star Granger Smith and his wife Amber's 3-year-old son River died on June 6 from an accidental drowning at their Texas home, the couple has raised over $200,000 for Dell Children's Medical Center.
The couple presented hospital officials with a check for $218, 791, raised through sales of a special t-shirt design sold by Granger's Yee Yee Apparel. Both parents wore the shirt during the presentation. It's River's favorite color, red, and depicts his favorite piece of heavy machinery, an excavator.
Country music star Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, make a donation to Dell Children’s Medical Center for $218, 791 in memory of their son River. The 3-year-old died June 6 after an accidental drowning at the Smith’s Georgetown home. pic.twitter.com/s0widYaeLb
— Bettie Cross (@BettieCrossTV) June 25, 2019
The Smith family chose to support Dell Children's Medical Center because its staff treated River following the accident that cost him his life. "We watched you through our eyes, through our grieving eyes, in the worst of times, we watched you speak to our little boy like he heard you and we were hearing it. You were speaking to us and it mattered," said Granger, per CBS Austin.
"We don't understand why this happened and we'll never understand, but I promise that we're going to figure out the good," added Amber. " We're going to bring good from it."
Expect another t-shirt in honor of River to go on sale this fall, with those proceeds going to the same hospital.
Granger recently returned to a constant source of comfort, music, by taking his whole family on the road. Notable live sets so far include an appearance at Chicago's Country LakeShake Festival during which the already emotional "Heaven Bound Balloons," a tribute to Granger's dad, transformed into a celebration of River's short yet joyous life.
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