Racer McLeod's diabetic alert dog fundraiser at Precision Auto Body in Nederland Saturday raised enough money to at least pay for the nearly $20,000 guardian angel service dog to help 3-year-old Racer treat his type I diabetes.
"Today has been amazing. We didn't expect this many people to come out," said father Ryan McLeod.
What started weeks ago became reality as hundreds of people gathered and donated.
Food, fun, and auctions all at an event to help Racer McLeod get his diabetic alert dog or guardian angel service dog.
"I'm astonished that we raised this much money," said Paul Anders. 12 News HD first told you about Kountze boys Paul Anders and Taylor Smart last month when they started selling t-shirts to raise money for Racer's dog before they even met him. When they did meet Racer they say it's an experience they'll never forget.
"I loved the experience cuz he's so sweet... nice... and kind," said Anders. "I just liked how he did his shots cuz it really didn't hurt him," said Smart.
Racer's dad says he had no time to pause and count how much they were raising or even to take Racer's blood sugar.
Two young ladies decided to sell lemonade and cookies so they could donate to Racer's diabetic alert dog fund as well.
"We decided to do it because we wanted to help and my mom and dad were helping someone else so we decided to do this," said Megan Mathews.
The response from the community was overwhelming to the McLeod's but Racer's father took the time to say what most people were telling them.
"They want him to be healthy. They want him to get this dog. This dog is gonna help him so much ugh...they're just giving," said Ryan McLeod.
The link sale fundraiser was a true testimony to the hearts of Southeast Texans.