Heartbreaking Tragedy

Houston community rallies around car crash orphans: How to help the Berry kids

Houston community rallies around car crash orphans: How to help the Berry kids

I, along with many others, was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Houstonians Joshua and Robin Perlo Berry in a car accident over the Fourth of July weekend. I went to high school with Robin's family, and although it has been years since we last spoke, the story hit home.

Joshua and Robin were killed in a head-on collision July 2 while driving through Fort Stockton on their way back to Houston from a family vacation. The couple’s three children, who were in the car, were also injured when an SUV veered into their lane. The Berry's two young sons — Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8 — were critically injured and are currently being treated at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Their six-year-old daughter Willa also suffered injuries, but is now at home with family members and friends.

According to the Jewish Herald-Voice, Peter and Aaron are currently paralyzed below the waist and are at this stage considered paraplegics. The boys are awaiting transfer to the Shriners Hospital system in Chicago, Philadelphia or Sacramento.

The outpouring of kindness and support from people nationwide on the Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust Facebook page this morning inspired me to spread the word. Here's how you can help:

  • Donations to the Joshua and Robin Berry Children's Trust can be made online at www.theberrychildren.org
  • Dog Wash — “Bubbles for Berrys” will take place Saturday at Little Matt’s, located at 6213 Edloe St., in West University from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
  • Fundraising event at BoConcept — Aug. 4 from 7-9 pm. 
Admission price is a $10 donation at the door and includes a raffle ticket for a BoConcept furniture piece. RSVP at 713-877-1900.
  • tasti D-lite —  tasti D-lite will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from three Houston-area stores to the Berry Children's Trust on Friday, July 22.
  • Jewish Community Night — Part of the proceeds from the July 20th Dynamo game vs. English Premier League team Bolton Wanderers will benefit the Perlo/Berry fund at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Tickets start at $22.

To keep up to date on the children's progress and find out more ways you can help, visit the family's website.

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Aaron Berry, from left, Willa Berry and Peter Berry Photo by Robin Barry
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A young girl makes a donation at the bake sale. Photo via Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust/Facebook