Benefit concert for accident victims draws hundreds
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — The gloom and rain coming down outside, couldn't stop the songs and praises from rising up inside, as hundreds packed into New Hope Baptist Church Thursday night for a benefit concert, being held for the six people who were killed in a car accident.
"It's overwhelming," said John Gaines, Sr. "But God is good all the time."
Gaines lost five family members in an instant last Wednesday. His wife, daughter and three grandchildren, all killed when a suspected drunk driver slammed into their vehicle as they returned home from church. Another family friend was also killed in the accident.
"It's something I wouldn't wish on anyone to go through," Gaines said. "But if you do, let God be with you. Otherwise, I don't know if you'll make it or not."
It's an unimaginable loss. Just the thought of how random a tragedy, was enough to draw people in by the hundreds for Thursday's concert.
"My heart went out for him, because I have a family," said Cheryl Bell, who never met Gaines, but was showing support. "Same thing could've happened to my family."
Monetary donations were encouraged, to help cover the expenses that come with funeral arrangements of having to bury an entire family, all at once.
"It's no secret, funeral costs are astronomical, $47,000," said Carolyn Gee, who organized the event. "We need to help. That's what this is all about."
Showing extreme grace, the family has no ill will for Brett Gerald, the man arrested for allegedly driving drunk when he caused the accident that wiped out three generations, and devastated a family.
"I'm not angry with him," said Gaines, "but under the same token, he needs some God in his life."