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High School Students Help Two Families Brought Together By The Same Tragedy

6:28 PM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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Graham, NC -- A group of high school students help two families brought together by the same tragedy.

Both Darren Jones and Carl Wheeler were hit by a drunk driver last July when Wheeler stopped to help Jones push a car that ran out of gas.

Seventeen year-old Jones died and Wheeler was left permanently disabled.

On Thursday, students from Southern Alamance High School gave the Jones and Wheeler families $750 each.

Students said they were inspired by other storied aired on WFMY News 2 about the families.

Darren's friends, classmates, and members of the student council sold bracelets saying 'don't drink and drive.'

"I fully understand that what we've done is nothing to replace what has been taken but I also know that it can definitely help and that's what we're here for," said Student Council President Carlos Chavira

"I miss him and I would trade about anything for one more day with him," said Jones' friend Sarah Isley

Students also donated food and will volunteer doing yard work for both the Jones and Wheeler families.

The former student's mother Alice Jones hugged and thanked the students.

"The students have been great. The things they posted online, the text messages, the phone calls, the emails that I get. They're great and a lot of them are like my own children, even though they are not," said Jones.

Darren Jones was member of the Future Farmers of America club.

The student group plans to volunteer five hours of their time to do yard work for both his family and for the Wheelers.

WFMY News 2

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