He is not out of the woods yet, according to the mother of hit and run victim Christian Carrillo, but he continues to improve daily.
Carrillo suffered critical injuries almost two weeks ago as he was struck by a vehicle while walking home from work in the early morning hours of March 3. While the man behind the wheel of that vehicle is behind bars, the boy's family is now dealing with mounting medical bills.
One way they hope to offset a fraction of the cost is by selling some very special t-shirts.
"This is the design that we did come up with," said Amanda Jackson, Carrillo's cousin. "We are Christian's crusaders."
The close-knit family wanted to come up with a creative way to raise funds to help the 17-year old. They considered a benefit barbecue, but it would require a lot of manpower. A t-shirt, they agreed, would have a lasting impact and a message.
"We thought of the wings because I feel like the whole community itself has been his angels," Jackson said. "To the people who stopped and called 911, you know, that was his guardian angel, and everybody that's helping us is his angel, and so that's why we decided to put wings on there."
The design they started with was drawn up by one of Carrillo's other cousins. They ended up with a cross and wings.
"The shirt does say crusader, because as an individual, you are one of his crusaders," Jackson said. "And we did sky blue because that's his favorite color, and so we're just trying to incorporate all that."
Jackson said the t-shirts are a gift from an anonymous donor.
"They don't care to be advertised," Jackson said. "They just wanted to do something that would help, you know, spread the word. You know, people are going to be wearing these shirts."
The family truly believes prayers have made a difference. Carrillo's mother, Misty is witness to that.
"I know Misty had saw somebody at the hospital wearing this shirt, and it brought, you know, it gave her joy to see," Jackson said. "It is spreading. The word is spreading about him, and people do have faith and are praying for him."
The Christian Crusader t-shirts go on sale at a blood drive set for Saturday, March 23, at the Mission Shopping Center on Ayers.
If you would like to pre-order a Christian Crusader t-shirt, you can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The shirts are going for $10.
The blood drive will run form 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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