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Woodward, Iowa honors Charlie Brewer, young wrestler who ‘always smiled’

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Woodward, Iowa honors Charlie Brewer, young wrestler who ‘always smiled’

Wrestle hard in heaven.

That was the message on one sign Saturday as over a hundred families from the Woodward community honored  7-year-old Charlie Brewer, who died after being struck by an SUV in the Woodward-Granger High School parking lot on Monday, Nov. 16.

People waved and gave air hugs from a procession of cars decorated with caring signs in support of Charlie’s family.

The Woodward-Granger community has rallied around the Brewers in a time of grief. Funds were raised on Facebook within days for the funeral; families around the area have signed up to provide meals; and Charlie’s memory has reached wrestling clubs across the nation thanks to his wrestling team’s support.

Signs decorate vehicles during a drive-thru visitation on Saturday, Nov. 21 for Charlie Brewer in Woodward.

A Facebook fundraiser was set up Tuesday to pay for funeral expenses. Within a couple of days, the community had raised $33,920 for nearly double the original goal.

A volunteer meal service was also set up by Lia Wendt on Meal Train to help with the burden of cooking. Within days, the signup was full to bring meals every other day of the next month.