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Yard sale planned for USC student paralyzed in shooting

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The yard sale for Martha begins on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 23. (Nov.18, 2013/FOX Carolina) The yard sale for Martha begins on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 23. (Nov.18, 2013/FOX Carolina)

It has been more than five weeks since University of South Carolina freshman Martha Childress was shot.

She was hit by a stray bullet while waiting for a taxi in Columbia's Five Points. Suspect Michael Juan Smith has been charged with the crime. Childress was left paralyzed from the waist down and is recovering at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta called Shepherd Center.

Childress and her family are from Greenville County. Since the shooting, many in the community have rallied behind her to show support and to raise money for her recovery. One of the biggest events so far is a yard sale planned for Saturday, Nov. 23 in Greenville.

It was originally planned as a small event but has grown to three warehouses in the Merovan Center off Woodruff Road.

"It's gonna be the best sale you've ever been to," said volunteer Jan Sherry.

She and her husband Jack have never met Childress and do not even know her family. But Sherry explained the couple felt called to help.

"It's just such an outpouring of love from the community for Martha. I just hope she feels the love that this community has for her," she said.

That love can be measured in the rooms full of treasures. Organizers estimate that hundreds of people have donated items. Among them are toys, lamps, furniture, antiques and even a wedding dress. Prices range from $1 to $400. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to Childress.

Kathy Wilson is one of the organizers and said, "It was a way that everybody could be involved, everybody has something that they could donate."

Childress' step-father, Ron Johnson expressed gratitude for the community's generosity.

"We're blown away by the love and support from people not just that we know but that have been touched by the senseless tragedy that happened to Martha," said Johnson.

He explained that Childress and her mother, Pam, are getting updates on fundraisers like the sale. They have stayed together in Atlanta as Childress continues to recuperate and undergo physical therapy.

Donations for the sale will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 22. The sale begins on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 23. It is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merovan Center on Woodruff Road.

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