WARRICK COUNTY, Indiana (WEHT) – A community rallies behind the memories of two tri-state girls who lost their lives far too soon.
The 5th Annual “Play for Kate” Softball Tournament has added significance this year. They lend a hand to another mother in County Warrick who is suffering the loss of a child.
Balloons filled the air over Newburgh on Friday night for two girls named Kate and Elliana. It was part of a softball tournament in honor of Kate Bruggenschmidt, 15, who died in an ATV accident six years ago.
Elliana Cobb was only six when she died after a tree fell on her in a freak accident.
“She’s my best friend and sister, she always played with me and made me smile,” said Eliana’s sister Maci Cobb.
For her family, coping with the loss of Eliana is never easier.
“I couldn’t believe it, still can’t believe it, I was literally praying it wasn’t her,” said Eliana’s mother Sarah Cobb.
A tree had fallen on Eliana as she walked on a relative’s property.
Grief now turns to a chance to keep Elliana’s memory alive – through a bench made of plastic bottle caps.
“Her sister really has a hard time at recess and I feel like seeing something for Elli there would make their day,” Sarah said.
Ashlee Bruggenschmidt knows the pain of losing a child all too well.
“We know how broken they are and how much they need a support system, so anytime you go through something like this you’re not afraid to reach out to someone,” said Bruggenschmidt. “I think people are afraid of what I say and what I do. Am I going to make it worse? So when you go through this, you just want to help someone else.
It will take around 200 pounds of plastic bottle caps to make a bench for Elliana at Oakdale Elementary School.
“Never let your kids go without saying I love you,” Cobb said. “Please don’t let them go to bed without saying I love you.”
Cobb asks the community for plastic bottle caps to make the bench. People can donate the plastic bottle caps to Signs by Design in Newburgh and a location at Oakdale Elementary School. If anyone has any questions or needs more information, please send an email to [email protected]