BEHIND EVERY GOOD CAUSE ... — "This is probably one of the most giving, generous communities around," said Lynn Riddick, pictured with husband John and children Krystal, Natalie and Spencer. Riddick discovered this when she, with the help of her family and friends, raised nearly $8,000 in one day to support the family of Stephen Neipp. The local 3-year-old has undergone five skin grafts since getting severely burned earlier this summer when a raven flew into powerlines on his street. The Neipps have been dividing their time between their Ridgecrest home and the Bakersfield burn center, where they expect to spend a significant amount of time for the years-long healing process. Riddick organized a fund-raising concert to help the local family cover the staggering costs of medical care — and the community rose to the challenge. Riddick said that money continues to pour in from people who could not be at the event, and she has raised her kicked her initial fund-raising goal of $1,500 up to $10,000.

BEHIND EVERY GOOD CAUSE ... — "This is probably one of the most giving, generous communities around," said Lynn Riddick, pictured with husband John and children Krystal, Natalie and Spencer. Riddick discovered this when she, with the help of her family and friends, raised nearly $8,000 in one day to support the family of Stephen Neipp. The local 3-year-old has undergone five skin grafts since getting severely burned earlier this summer when a raven flew into powerlines on his street. The Neipps have been dividing their time between their Ridgecrest home and the Bakersfield burn center, where they expect to spend a significant amount of time for the years-long healing process. Riddick organized a fund-raising concert to help the local family cover the staggering costs of medical care — and the community rose to the challenge. Riddick said that money continues to pour in from people who could not be at the event, and she has raised her kicked her initial fund-raising goal of $1,500 up to $10,000.

-- Braelyn Havig
  • First Posted: 2012-08-14