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Jasper Community Rallies Around Sick Coal Miner

A chicken noodle soup drive-thru fundraiser was held at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation on Saturday, Jan. 23 to help pay for the medical expenses of coal-miner Andy Gray, who suffered a heart-attack last fall, only to lose his job a few months later.

Posted: Jan 24, 2021 10:09 AM

A tri-state community is rallying behind Jasper coal miner Andy Gray.

Gray had a heart attack last fall and lost his job a few months later when the coal mine shut down.

To help pay for some of his hospital bills -- no longer covered by insurance -- community members hosted a drive-thru food fundraiser at Jasper Outdoor Recreation Saturday afternoon.

Over 220 gallons of chicken noodle soup was sold by Gray’s daughter, Emily, son, Devin, and their friends.

"I had no idea it would be this big of a turnout,” said Devin Gray. "We didn't know we'd have the news here and everything else -- and are definitely very thankful for everyone that was able to help out and pull this off for us."

While Emily Mehringer said she was overwhelmed by appreciative of all of the support.

“We've had a lot of donations from out of county,” she said. "Even Berry Plastics in Evansville donated some of the jugs and everything for us and stuff. It's all of Southern Indiana that's really helped us."

Andy Gray is currently at home recovering -- and while he was not able to spend too much time at the soup giveaway -- he is grateful for the community’s kindness.

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