Family: Community's support on 'McDrew' night 'phenomenal' (PHOTOS)


Moriah Brannon paints on the face of 3-year-old Aiden Gabriel during the fundraising event for Drew Barefield on Monday night at the McDonald’s restaurant on North Ferdon Boulevard. Brannon was one of several Emmanuel Baptist Church youth members to help customers during a fundraising event.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 04:26 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Savannah Barefield was excited to see the number of people inside the McDonald's restaurant Monday on North Ferdon Boulevard — especially since they were there to support her 12-year-old brother, Drew.

“This is so humbling, to see all of these people supporting him,” she said. “My family feels so blessed.”

 Savannah was one of several Emmanuel Baptist Church youths volunteering Monday night at the fast food restaurant. Many wore shirts and arm bracelets supporting Drew, who was critically injured from a June boating incident.

 Youth members even held homemade signs calling it ‘McDrew Night.’

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Costa Enterprises, which manages all three McDonald’s locations in Crestview, agreed to give 20 percent of all proceeds to Drew and family from sales made between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday at the North Ferdon location.

Youth members, helping regular staffers, greeted customers, delivered meals and cleaned tables. Face-painting and fundraising T-shirt sales were available to customers.

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