‘He touched the world’: Benefit aids family after boy’s death

ST. LOUIS, Mich. (WOOD) — People packed the Moose Lodge in St. Louis, Michigan, on Sunday to help the family of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found in a pond near Six Lakes on the day after Christmas.

“I can’t thank everybody enough for the support, the prayers, the help, everything,” Beau Belson’s grandmother, Holly Messer, said. “My grandson has touched more hearts than I could ever imagine.”

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A courtesy photo of Beau Belson, 5, who went missing in the area of Six Lakes on Christmas Day 2019.

Beau went missing while playing with family members outside his grandmother’s house in Belvidere Township on Christmas Day. That day, about 1,000 volunteers showed up to look for him. Hundreds more volunteered the next day. Searchers ultimately found Beau’s body under the ice in a pond near the house.

The Moose was crowded even before 5 p.m. Sunday, when the benefit was scheduled to start. Most who attended didn’t know the Belson family, but they came to enjoy sloppy joes, a 50/50 raffle and auction to raise funds for them.

“You can never replace what they lost,” one of the event organizers, Karrol Cowdrey, told News 8 Saturday. “ (All you can do is) just give from the heart and know that people care.”

The outpouring of compassion the Belson family continues to receive is something you can’t put a price on.

“That little man touched the world and he’s actually going around the world,” Messer said. “We’ve seen him in the New York Times and press in the U.K. and candles are lit for him in Austria tonight, and he’s touched the world.”

If you couldn’t attend the benefit but want to help the family, you can donate to the Benefit for Beau Belson account at any Isabella Bank branch.