Granger Smith and his wife Amber are continuing their late son’s legacy with a hefty donation to the children’s hospital that provided him with medical attention before his death.
A little more than two weeks after 3-year-old River tragically lost his life in a drowning accident at the family’s pool, the couple presented a $218,791 check to Dell Children’s Medical Center in his honor.
“This is just the beginning,” the singer promised during the check presentation, which took place at the medical center’s courtyard (quote via CBS Austin).
“Let this be a small token of the gratitude that we’ve got for you guys,” he added, according to the news outlet.
Funds for the donation were raised through the sale of a special t-shirt the couple created to honor their late son. The one-of-a-kind t-shirt is red (River’s favorite color) and features an image of an excavator with “Riv” on it. At the time the shirt design was revealed, the couple shared that River’s favorite thing to do was to watch excavators scoop up dirt.
Understandably, things got a bit emotional during the check presentation. Amber and Granger reportedly teared up as they reunited with the team that tried to save their son.
Additionally, they promised to continue to give back in their son’s honor.
“We don’t understand why this happened and we’ll never understand, but I promise that we’re going to figure out the good. We’re going to bring good from it,” Amber vowed.
She and Granger also shared plans to release another t-shirt in honor of River later this year.
The donation comes after Granger returned to the stage for the first time after River’s death. Sporting a new arm tattoo in his late son’s honor, Smith got emotional when he performed the song “Heaven Bound Balloons” during his set.