Fundraising Goal For Bus Crash Victims Already Met

By Chance Walser - RTV6
By Emma Koch - INC

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Chad and Courtney Phelps

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.theindychannel.com) -- Support has come in from across the country for the victims of Saturday's tragic bus crash, and many generous donors have opened their hearts and pocketbooks for the families of the victims.

It was made clear on social media that the story was impacting people beyond Indiana, whether people were familiar with the church or not and whether they knew the victims or not.

Faith-filled Facebook posts poured in for the families of bus crash victims Chad Phelps, his pregnant wife Courtney and Tonya Weindorf, a mother of five.

Phelps’ childhood friend Tyler Willis and his wife recently established a $20,000 online fundraising goal for the Phelps' surviving son, Chase, who will turn two in October.

With three months left to raise the money, Willis and his wife have already surpassed their goal.

"We just wanted to see what we could raise for Chase and for the family that is now going to be responsible for raising Chase," Willis said.

The Colonial Hills Baptist Church posted a statement Monday afternoon:

"Countless others have sent flowers, expressed prayer, posted encouragement words and been a ministry of God's grace to our church family at this time. Thank you all for your loving and generous kindness to our church, especially to those families directly involved."

Funeral arrangements were announced Monday evening. The funeral for Tonya Weindorf will be Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The funeral for Chad and Courtney Phelps will be Aug. 3 at 11 a.m.

The services will all be held at Colonial Hills Baptist Church .

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