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Community helps injured tow truck driver's family this Christmas

11:24 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
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Sixteen-year-old Jordan Gandy said he takes every day with his father as a present, especially on Christmas Day.

"My dad's home, so that's the biggest gift I could've got," the teenager said.

His father, Ron, a tow truck driver, was severely injured in September, after he was attacked on the job. He was left with severe injuries to the brain, leaving him disabled, and shutting down his business.

This put the family in financial dire straits, according to family friend Paula McCarter.

"We had told Jordan we would not have a Christmas, it would have to be later," she said.

However, that would not be the case as Jordan shows off a closet full of new clothes, a tablet computer, and more thanks to several groups, schools, and individuals who wanted to help the family.

"I've gotten pretty much clothes, a pile of clothes like that big," Jordan said.

Even Ron, who was too ill to talk Tuesday, received a good Christmas from the community.

"He got clothes, and pajamas and socks," McCarter said.

Ron did say the one thing he wanted the most: "quality time."

His son agreed.

"It was a great Christmas... worked out really well and everything," the 16-year-old smiled.

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