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Strangers hold car wash to raise money for family of BJ Brown

Snatched Out Mud Recovery hosted the car wash for Brown's family. (Image Source: WLOX News) Snatched Out Mud Recovery hosted the car wash for Brown's family. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Volunteers say they washed about 100 vehicles. (Image Source: WLOX News) Volunteers say they washed about 100 vehicles. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Autozone in Gulfport lent their property for the car wash free of charge. (Image Source: WLOX News) Autozone in Gulfport lent their property for the car wash free of charge. (Image Source: WLOX News)

On Sunday, a group of friends held a car wash at Autozone in Gulfport to raise money for the family of BJ Brown, the Stone County man whose body was found in a campground lake.

Those who organized the event say it's their way of helping a fellow man in time of need.

"I don't know the guy myself. I've never met the guy in my life, but I hope his family makes it through the grief," said Dakota Adkins. "We're trying our best here."

The group isn't new to helping out strangers. They're part of a team called Snatched Out Mud Recovery. The group voluntarily uses their own trucks to help get vehicles unstuck so drivers don't have to call a tow truck.

When one of them decided to throw a car wash, Adkins says it was a no-brainer to pitch in and help. 

"I brought my pressure washer out here, got it a full tank of gas and everything like that. I can't run ethanol in it, but I can run straight gas. It's $2.50 a gallon still. I don't care about money. If it's helping his family out, let's do it," said Adkins.

The group also partnered with one of the Coast's newest radio stations to spread the word. Dena Christensen, G96.7 co-host, says even though it was last minute, the turnout was unbelievable.

"I would say maybe around 100 [cars] and for something that was planned within less than 24 hours, it's ridiculous. We never expected the people that have showed up and so our gratitude is, we're forever grateful," said Christensen.

 From the grill and food, to the supplies and location, everything was donated. Organizers say it just goes to show how the community can come together for a good cause.

"Anytime that you lose a spouse and there is a kid involved, I mean that's hard. It's unimaginable for anybody to be suffering a loss. So we want to try to make things as easy as possible and we want to do the donations for him and his family," said Christensen.

 About $650 was raised for the family from donations received at the car wash.

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