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Co-workers rally with support after foreman’s son injured in sledding accident

When the son of a Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative employee was injured in a sledding accident this winter, the co-op family mobilized support.

GCEC Foreman Jason Sprowl’s teenage son, Riley, was sledding with friends near Van Alstyne in December when he hit a fencepost. When he told his mother he might be paralyzed, he told her not to worry because he knew God has a plan for him.

His father’s co-workers had a plan, too.

“On the Monday morning after the accident, our employees, out of the goodness of their hearts, just opened their wallets,” says Tracy Chandler, GCEC executive assistant and human resources manager, who explained that some employees gave back their Christmas bonuses. “Before I knew it, in just 15-20 minutes, I was holding almost $3,000 in my hands with tears running down my face.”

Co-op employees have also worked with the Sprowls’ friends and family to hold fundraisers. And GCEC isn’t done yet.

“To this day, I come in and there is money on my desk with a note saying, ‘This is for Riley,’ ” Chandler says. “No name listed, just the note … It makes me very, very proud to be part of the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative family!”