Community prepares to celebrate lives of toddler and newborn

Published: May. 29, 2015 at 7:38 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This weekend a community will celebrate the short lives of Dobbs and Reed Eddings, a toddler and newborn who died this past week.

The two little ones, 2-year-old Dobbs, and Reed a newborn, died just days ago from injuries sustained during a car accident in Pender County, NC.

Prayers and well wishes have poured in for their parents, Gentry and Hadley Eddings, from across the country. This weekend, they will remember and celebrate the lives of their little boys.

Gentry Eddings is a worship leader at Forest Hill Church in south Charlotte. A GoFundMe page says Gentry, his wife Hadley, and their 2-year-old son, Dobbs, were in a vehicle hit by the box truck. Dobbs passed away and Hadley, who was eight months pregnant, had to have a C-Section. Newborn Reed, did not make it.

"Reed passed away yesterday in Chapel Hill with inoperable injuries sustained from a severe car accident outside of Wilmington on Saturday afternoon," a statement from the church Tuesday morning. "Reed joins his big brother, two-year-old Dobbs, who was killed in the crash."

The church has announced that a prayer service for the Eddings family will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 7-8 at the Forest Hill Church Ballantyne Campus. That's located at the Morrison YMCA on Bryant Farms Road in Charlotte.

The celebration of life for Dobbs and Reed will be held Sunday, May 31 at Forest Hill Church's South Park campus on Park Road in Charlotte. The service is open to the community and is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Senior Pastor David Chadwick wrote to the Forest Hill congregation earlier in the week, "Gentry and Hadley are beloved by us all...He is a man of enormous integrity. They both possess a deep faith. But it will be challenged in the days and weeks to come like no other time."

"Please join me in deep prayer for their recovery and well-being. The best thing you can do for them is love them. Be Jesus' presence to them. We don't know why this happened," Chadwick wrote. "It will be a mystery on this side of eternity. The eternal reason is shrouded in the heart of the heavenly Father. The apostle Paul said we look through a mirror dimly on this side of eternity. In situations like this one, this is especially true."

Over the past five days a Go Fund Me page set up by the Eddings' Family friends has far surpassed its goal of $150,000. As of Friday afternoon, almost 3,200 people donated over $181,000.

However, in lieu of flowers, Gentry and Hadley ask that donations be made to Mission of Hope Haiti, an organization that meets the physical and spiritual needs of Haitian villagers. It is an organization that is close to their hearts. To find out more about donating to Mission of Hope Haiti in celebration of Dobbs and Reed, click here.

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