Orphaned 4 year old to host hot dog fundraiser benefiting West, TX park

Orphaned 4 year old to host hot dog fundraiser benefiting West, TX park

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This Thursday, April 18, 2013 aerial photo shows the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas. Rescuers searched the smoking remnants for survivors of Wednesday night's thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead. Initial reports put the fatalities as high as 15, but later in the day, authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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by KXXV

kvue.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 3:01 PM

WEST, Texas -- A four year old in West, Texas is planning a fundraiser to help rebuild the city park, taking a page from his firefighter father who died in the West explosion.

Parker Pustejovsky brought up the idea to hold a fundraiser selling hot dogs. Parker wants to follow in his fathers footsteps, Joey Pustejovsky, a West Volunteer firefighter who died in the explosion. The idea came around during Memorial Day Weekend when Parker told his grandparents, Joe and Carolyn Pustejovsky about his plan.

"He comes up to us and says,'GG, I have a project that I'm going to do.' And she asks, 'what's the plan parker?'", Joe said. "And he said, 'I'm going to raise money to build the city park.'"

The city park was destroyed by the April 17th West Fertilizer Co. explosion. Now it's just an open field with a teeter-totter and some swings.

"We just looked at each other in aw and Carolyn said, 'What are you going to do for the project?''' said Joe.

And Parker came up with the idea to sell hot dogs. They call it Parker's Park Project and word spread. In fact, it went viral: on Facebook, over a thousand likes and web page hits from around the world.

"He said he's really excited about it and there are some very good things that are going to happen from this and we are looking forward to do it," Joe said.

For more on Parker's Park Project visit WACO, Texas ABC affilliate KXXV.

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