Hwy 55 of Hampstead Donates $5,000 to Two Amazing Kids

After a banner year raising funds for the Andy's Foundation, Hwy 55 of Hampstead donated $5,000 each over the weekend to two deserving members of their community: Walter Bell and Isabella Babson.

On Friday, Walter Bell and his family was invited to eat at Hwy 55. There, they were surprised with a check for $2,500, as the local baseball team and many friends of the family cheered him on. Bell, who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident two years ago left his neck broken, has inspired Hampstead with his upbeat attitude and winning attitude. Many of his peers are Hwy 55 crew members—and after tirelessly raising funds last year through bake sales, raffles, and other events, were thrilled on Friday to be able to help with Walter's medical bills. 

But Hampstead's weekend of giving wasn't done. On Saturday at the local Topsail High School JV baseball game, the family of Isabella Babson was also presented with a check for $2,500. Isabella and her twin sister Madelyn were born last January and adopted on the day of their birth by the Babson family. Isabella was diagnosed with Gastroschesis before she was born, and nearly passed away during one of her many surgeries. After 183 days in a hospital, she finally got to head home with her new family. The medical bills linger, though, and at the check presentation on Saturday, Hwy 55 of Hampstead's Andrew King was ecstatic to provide a small token of appreciation to the selfless Babson family.

The Andy's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to being a positive influence in every town that supports a Hwy 55. Since its inception nine years ago, it has raised over $1.2 million for worthy causes.

This weekend, all of us who support the Foundation were thrilled to watch it make an impact in one of our communities. And we'll continue to serve our towns at any opportunity which arises.