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Fundraiser helps boys after mom passes away

MOUNT CARMEL, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- The Glen Este High School community is doing its part for a member of what they call a big family.

Angela Lomax died unexpectedly last weekend.  She leaves behind two teenage sons who, despite losing their mother, have an entire community ready to help.  The party is going on at Sports Rocks.  The kids left around 9p.m. Friday night But the fundraiser for Robert and Julius Watkins continues until midnight.

One raffle ticket at time, the Watkins brothers get to see just how many people want to help them.  Earlier this week, their mother, Angela Lomax, passed away.
 
Tina Barker, a friend of Angela's, said, "She's a dear of ours; her children are like our family." 
 
Robert  is 16-years-old and plays football for Glen Este High School. He's known most his teammates since he was a little kid.
 
Robert said, "They've been a big help of getting through it."
 
Getting through it Friday night for Robert and his 14-year-old brother, Julius, means being around those who can make you laugh.
 
Tyler Pilcher, Robert's teammate, said, "We are always there for him. He's going to go through some rough times. We are going to be there by his side, so we are all going to come out here and help him with this." 

Gift bags, split the pot, and a table full of items that will go to the highest bidder. 
 
Deidra Kresser, a friend of Angela's, said, "We've got a little bit of everything. In five days it's been a little overwhelming...overwhelming for sure."
 
"It makes me feel good man. It makes me feel like a lot of people care. A lot of people are thinking about us and being generous," Robert told Local 12's Brad Underwood.

And Friday night, there was no shortage of generosity.  Most of the money collected Friday night will help cover the funeral costs for Angela Lomax.  Leftover money will be put in an account for the boys.


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