Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, are carrying on the best way they know how in the wake of the death of their three-year-old son, River. They’re seeking the good in this tragedy. And one of the gestures of goodness that they have found is in the generosity of their supporters which they, in turn, are sharing with the hospital that took care of their son.
Following River’s passing, the Yee Yee apparel website sold red t-shirts bearing the image of an excavator that had the name “Riv” on the side. Proceeds from the sales of the shirt were to be donated to Dell Children’s Medical Center and on Wednesday, June 26, Granger and Amber took a check for over $200,000 to the hospital.
During a press conference, an emotional Granger told the hospital staff and reporters, including CBS Austin, “Let this be a small token of the gratitude that we’ve got for you guys. We watched you through our eyes, through our grieving eyes, in the worst of times, we watched you speak to our little boy like he heard you and we heard you. You were speaking to us and it mattered.”
Amber also tearfully said, “I pray that no one else ever has to go through what we’ve gone through, but if they do, I hope they come here because y’all were incredible.”
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We’ve been on quite the journey these past few weeks. I’ve been dark on social media, but I still have a full understanding of the responsibility placed upon me as a public figure. I can choose to snuff that influence, or instead use my platform (in relevancy big or small) towards what I believe is right. I believe I’m obligated on certain levels to include you guys in my current journey, as I’ve been involved either personally or musically in yours. – The finality and mortality brought on by death makes life feel fragile. It can weaken, terrify and separate those close to it. But it can also awaken us. It can remind us never to take a moment with those we love for granted. – In my house, we have united stronger and closer than we’ve ever been. We’ve cried. We’ve smiled. I’ve held my family tight. I’ve found strength from God and used that in the face of adversity so that my wife and children can rely on me. I’ve guarded my heart and my mind during weak moments and graciously accepted all of the encouragement and empathy from so many. I have realized that I will not slave over a search for answers, but instead for meaning. I will focus and then cultivate the light from a dark place, the good from the bad, God’s will from my own plans. I can rest assured knowing that River’s assignment on earth was always intended for 1116 days and not only did he live it to the fullest, but he lived it loved by so many, including a mother, father, sister and brother who held nothing back and have no regrets on how much he felt that love. We should all be so blessed to be able to live like Riv. – Amber and I want you to hear it from us and not just read it, so we made this little video for you to watch. (Link in bio)Thank you for all the love, prayers and support. We feel it!