Some $8,075 was raised at a recent event at the Mrs. Woody’s auto shop to help out employee Albert Moreno and his family.
Auctions were held at the Port Aransas shop on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Auction items included a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Albert, a Corpus Christi resident, appeared at the event. He was accompanied by his wife, Deamber Moreno.
It was the first time Albert had visited the auto shop since the accident occurred on State Highway 361 on June 16.
Albert, who was in a wheelchair, wanted to put his work shirt on as soon as he arrived at Mrs. Woody’s. Shop owner Christina Bell helped him put it on.
Albert sustained broken bones in his legs and internal injuries in the wreck. He spent weeks in a Corpus Christi hospital before going home.
He has been undergoing physical therapy and hopes to be back at work in the not-too-distant future.
“I hope to be back the end of the year or beginning of next year,” he said. “I have a lot of physical therapy to do on one leg.”
Members of the Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department greeted Moreno at the auction. Fire department members were among first responders who rescued Moreno from the wreckage of his truck shortly after the accident occurred.
The auctions on Aug. 24 were among several fundraisers that have brought in tens of thousands of dollars for Moreno and his family to help them pay for medical and general living expenses.
South Jetty staff photographer Lee Harrison contributed to this report. Dan Parker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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