While the community of Sour Lake remains hopeful Officer Bill’s condition will improve soon, many residents are raising funds to help the McKeon family.
Rachel Rocquemore, owner of Roc’s Coffee Shop, in Sour Lake, held a fundraiser Wednesday-Friday, handing out free sno-cones and accepting donations.
In three days she collected over $1,000; she said: “On Wednesday it was $458, on Thursday $526, and Friday it was $92.”
Inspired by her 13-year-old son Kendrick Bates, who ‘wanted to do something,’ Rachel says she was ready to help the family.
“It’s expensive going back and forth to Beaumont,” she said of Bill’s family members.
She prays for Officer McKeon and hopes that her efforts are part of the support that the family needs.
On Saturday, the Tyler County County Law Enforcement Wives held a bake sale at the Whataburger, in Woodville.
“We collected $1,675 for the McKeon’s,” organizer Donna Renick said.
The women also held an online auction of a cake, cookies, and banana pudding brought a lot of donations throughout the day.
“We still have a few badge decals left at the Exxpress Mart, in Warren, for a $5 to help support Officer Bill,” she said.
Food and entertainment brought folks to the Sour Lake Touch a Truck Event on Saturday, June 1.
Members of Sour Lake Volunteer Fire Department collected donations for the McKeons as they sold links for donations.
Long-lines in the hot sun brought significant rewards in donations, which was carried on in the ongoing is the raffle at J&R Meat Market, at the intersection of Hwys 105 and 326.
Raffle tickets for a $150 meat package are being sold at $5 for one ticket, or $10 for three tickets.
The Ledger dropped into the market on Monday, June 3, but learned that decision for the raffle date is yet tobe determined.
Elsewhere, Sour Lake’s First Baptist Church and Gemini Designs collaborated to create a special T-shirt in support of Officer Bill. Contact them for details.
In town, the Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Hardin County Emergency Services District 5, City of Sour Lake, Sour Lake Police Department, Sour Lake Fire Department, and Gator Country are planning a fundraiser.
The tentative date for the Gator Country fundraiser is Saturday, June 22, but stay with the Ledger details.
In Lumberton, the Daniel Priest Farmers Insurance Agent will accept gift cards for the family to be able to grab food while at the hospital.
Gift cards can be dropped off at their office in Lumberton at 347 S. Main Suite 100. On July 13, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church's Knights of Columbus Council 11151, of Sour Lake, has planned a barbecue fundraiser.
Check their Facebook page or contact them at 210 W Barkley St, Sour Lake, (409) 287-3287.
The Compass Bank of Sour Lake is also accepting a monetary donation for the William McKeon Fund as is the Sour Lake Dairy Queen.
For future contributions, Bruno & George Winery, in Sour Lake, is planning a special event for Bill's homecoming, as well as to honor all the responders who assisted him.