ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Love can present itself in many ways. Saturday, it came in the form of more than 100 gallons of chicken and goat soup. “I didn’t realize how many people like chicken stew,” says Larry Blankenship, Peyton's father.
Peyton came home for the first time in over 90 days, after he suffered serious injuries in a car crash, back in December. Saturday, friends and family held a fundraiser for him.
Truth be told, the soup was just a bonus, because the money was really for the Blankenship family. “He has a traumatic brain injury, he had a broken femur and a broken finger and we’re just really worried about the brain injury,” says Kaitlyn Blankenship, Peyton's sister.
It was a long process just for Peyton to get home, after extended stays at Huntsville Hospital and a rehab facility in Atlanta. “And the nurses down there were really, really terrific and so it’s just losing that and coming home. It’s all on Mom and Dad," says Larry.
Peyton's sister was one of the chief organizers of today's fundraiser. “My brother is my best friend... we’re very close," she says.
It featured soup and baked goods for sale and a silent auction. She estimates nearly a thousand people came by to spend a little money or to offer up a hug. “We just worked and worked and worked to get this together,” says Kaitlyn.
And while the entire Blankenship family, especially Peyton, has a long way to go, they're just taking everything one day, one step, and one cup of soup at a time.
“Peyton’s still alive, that’s the main thing, and he’s getting better every day," says Larry.
If you would like to donate to the Blankenship family, you can donate at any TVA Credit Union location.