Benefit raises money for service dog


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Tonight, the community pitched in to help a Leland family that is raising money to buy a service dog for their autistic son.

Wilmington firefighters, New Hanover County Sheriffs, and even a couple service dogs participated in a benefit at Chick-Fil-A on Oleander Drive.The family’s GoFundMe page has already raised more than $5,000 in two weeks, which will cover the down payment for the dog. The total cost of the dog is around $12,000. Bryce’s dad, Brandon Smith, says the support from the community has been overwhelming.

“He’s going to absolutely love it,” Smith said. “For him just to see the service canines here, it’s just absolutely amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better company, better community, better support; thank you to everybody.”

Scott Oakes, with Kronos K9, has been helping the family search for the perfect dog and says it’s been an incredible experience.

“The amount of support that he’s received, and that we’ve received, just by being in the background helping him, and our search for the dog, it’s all been absolutely amazing,” Oakes said.

Oakes said they hope to find Bryce’s dog in the next couple of weeks.

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