Visionary Eye Clinic holds benefit for Wolf family injured in Valentine's Day crash
It's been nearly two months since the Valentine's Day accident that took the life of 32 year old Troy Hohn and sent several members of the young Wolf family to the hospital.
Stephen and Ameina Wolf were waiting at a stoplight at Minnesota and 41st Street with their six-year-old, toddler and infant son in the car. Stephen, Ameina and 6-year-old Anaya were injured and spent up to three weeks in the hospital.
Saturday, Ameina's boss and coworkers at Visionary Eye Clinic in Sioux Falls gave their unique talents and time to raise money and supplies for the entire family.
"When we heard what had happened with Ameina, we started brainstorming different things that we could do and we felt that this is what we know how to do," said volunteer Jane Blank.
Optometrist Sandra Carmen, her staff members and frame vendors volunteered to open up the clinic Saturday and donate all the proceeds from eye exams and frame sales to the Wolf family, along with collecting some necessary supplies.
"The community response has been great...we've had lots of donations of diapers today plus some other things that people think a young family would need and plus we've had a lot of folks drop in and do eye exams and just purchase glasses," said Blank.
"Today is amazing, we're blessed to have such an outpour in the community, coming in and helping us out. With Doctor Carmen, the staff here, they are just absolutely amazing, they're amazing people and I'm so grateful that they did this for us," said Ameina Wolf.
Ameina spent three weeks in the hospital with a shattered spine and shoulder.
"I can't pick up any of the kids still…it's tough, it's tough but with the help of our family and our community, it helps a lot," said Ameina.
Ameina, Stephen and the three young children who were also in the accident are beginning to recover from their injuries.
"We're healing up a little, so the family's doing better," said Anaya Wolf, who celebrated her 7th birthday at the benefit on Saturday.
"This accident has just kind of woken us up as far as giving us a real appreciation for our kids and each other and our family and everything," said Stephen Wolf.
With the help of a grant from Thrivent financial, Visionary Eye Clinic was able to raise more than $5,000 for the Wolf family and collect more than 1,000 diapers and canned goods.
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