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Friend raises funds for family of mother, child killed in Terryville crash

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TERRYVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

Money is pouring in from all over the country to help the family of a young mother and her 5-year-old son who died after their car slammed into a home in the Terryville section of Plymouth.

The crash happened on Monday and killed mother Melissa Odelius and her 5-year-old son George. Her 3-year-old son Thomas was also in the car, but is recovering at his grandmother’s house.

A friend of the family, Ashley Cole of South Windsor, said after the crash she needed to do something to help the family after the tragedy.

“I still can’t fathom it,” Cole said. “She was a good mom, and loved those little boys like no other mother I’ve ever seen.”

She decided to start a fundraising website, but she said she never could have imagined just how generous people would be.

“I said I want to help this family but I have no idea how, I've never been through this,” Cole said.

She created a GoFundMe page, and all of the money raised will go toward helping the family.

The response has been incredible. In less than 10 hours, nearly $2,000 worth of donations poured in.

“I am so floored by the generosity of everyone out there,” Cole said. “This affected so many communities and so many families and people want to help in any way they can and I'm so grateful and I'm sure the Odelius family is very grateful also.”

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