Benefit set for injured Ashland youngster

By Joyce Brock/Southern Advocate News Editor

ASHLAND – A benefit for two-year-old Israel Tello, of Ashland, is planned for Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Ashland Town Hall. Tello was injured in a Friday, Dec. 3 house fire which claimed the lives of both of his parents. He is now in the care of his grandmother, Doris Hopkins.

Tello remains hospitalized at Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He suffers from multiple complications related to smoke inhalation. Among those complications are neurological damage, and possible permanent blindness and deafness.

Family members have been told to expect a long hospital stay, after which the child will be transferred to a hospital in Atlanta, Ga., for rehabilitation. Proceeds from the benefit will be used to help cover family’s related expenses during this time. Among these costs are the upcoming travel expenses of transporting the child and his caregiver to Atlanta.

In addition, the money will help offset the cost of traveling to, and extended stays in, Memphis, during the youngster’s hospitalization. The benefit will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Ashland Town Hall, beginning at Noon. Featured entertainment will include the Little Country Band. There will be an auction, as well as a cake and pie auction or sale. Barbecue, hamburger, and hotdog plates will be for sale the day of the event. Plates will be $5 each. They may be purchased at the event or ordered in advance. A benefit fund is expected to be established at Regions Bank in Ashland by the end of this week. Donations are being accepted for the auction and cake auction, as well.

For more information, contact Ruby Vanstory at 224-3080, Karen Guerrero at 224-3148 or 587-4206, T.J. or Angel Vanstory at 587-6795 or 587-0990, or Sheri Shoup at 224-3999.