Granger Smith and wife Amber donate more than $218K to Texas children’s hospital following tragic drowning death of three-year-old son River
Granger Smith and his wife Amber on Tuesday donated a check in the amount of $218,791 to Austin, Texas‘s Dell Children’s Medical Center, less than a month after the tragic death of their three-year-old son River.
The 39-year-old musical artist and his spouse, 37, made the donation in the name of their late son, who accidentally drowned on June 6 at the family home in Georgetown, Texas.
The If The Boot Fits singer said that the donation was ‘just the beginning’ of his philanthropic efforts toward the facility.
The latest: Granger Smith, 39, and his wife Amber on Tuesday donated a check in the amount of $218,791 to Austin, Texas’s Dell Children’s Medical Center, less than a month after the tragic death of their three-year-old son River
‘Let this be a small token of the gratitude that we’ve got for you guys,’ the Dallas native said, according to CBS Austin. ‘I’ll never ever forget it. The first thing we wanted to do was start giving back to Dell Children’s.’
Amber – who in solidarity with Granger, wore a red shirts emblazoned with the image of a crane with inscription ‘Riv’ – said the facility was invaluable amid the tough times.
‘I pray that nobody else ever has to go through what we’ve gone through,’ she said, ‘but if they do, I hope they come here because y’all were incredible.’
The Happens Like That artist and his wife, who have been fundraising for the facility in selling the shirts, praised care staff for their efforts in trying to revive River.
Unspeakable sadness: Granger was pictured with his son River, who accidentally drowned on June 6 at the family home in Georgetown, Texas
Poignant: Amber said the facility was invaluable amid the tough times
Gracious: The Happens Like That artist and his wife praised care staff for their efforts in trying to revive River
Charitable: Granger said after their son’s death, ‘The first thing we wanted to do was start giving back to Dell Children’s’
‘We watched you through our eyes, through our grieving eyes, in the worst of times, we watched you speak to our little boy like he heard you and we were hearing it,’ said the country singer, who also performs under the moniker Earl Dibbles Jr. ‘You were speaking to us and it mattered.’
Amber added: ‘We don’t understand why this happened and we’ll never understand, but I promise that we’re going to figure out the good. We’re going to bring good from it.’
The couple earlier this month announced the family tragedy, adding they had donated their son’s organs to kids in need.
Tribute: The country artist had his late son’s name tattooed on his forearm
More to come: Granger said that the donation was just the beginning of his family’s charitable efforts with the children’s hospital