Fast food restaurant's owners schedule check presentation for Barefield family

Dailah Catherine Wade

Dailah Catherine Wade, 13, serves drinks for customers during "McDrew Night." The Crestview fast food restaurant's owners are donating 20 percent of Monday's 4-to-8-p.m. sales to Drew Barefield's family.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 06:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Micah Brannon knows firsthand what it's like when the community rallies for a common cause.

The 14-year-old's cousin, Drew Barefield, is recovering from a June 28 boating accident, an apparent hit-and-run that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating. A boat propeller hit the 12-year-old while he snorkeled in shallow water off Walton County’s Choctaw Beach.

Meanwhile, countless North Okaloosa residents have supported the family by organizing fundraisers, donating money, wearing T-shirts or wristbands, or simply changing their Facebook profile picture to a graphic that states, "#prayfordrew."

The Barefields will receive more support during a 3:30 p.m. check presentation Tuesday at the McDonald's fast food restaurant on North Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview. The restaurant's owners, owners, Costa Enterprises, will announce how much they raised after agreeing to donate 20 percent of last Monday's 4-8 p.m. sales. Emmanuel Baptist Church youths called the benefit "McDrew Night."

“It’s phenomenal seeing all of the support behind the family,” Micah said. “Just seeing all of the people wearing the T-shirts supporting Drew (and) nobody told them to; it’s just great.”

Drew's sister, Savannah, who joined Micah and cousin, Moriah, for the McDonald's benefit — also expressed appreciation.

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

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