A tale common to many small communities is playing out in Ada. Responding to calamity, friends, neighbors and absolute strangers are stepping up to help a family in need.

On Friday, Feb. 23, Samuel Chris Rowold, a non-verbal autistic 13-year-old, accidentally drowned in a neighbor’s pond.

With no life insurance policy for the child, funeral expenses are all out-of-pocket for the boy’s family. To help with these costs, a GoFundMe account was set up in Sam’s name with a goal of $8,400. Should the project reach that goal — and it appears that it will, with a reported $8,200 having been raised to date — any donations above the cost of the funeral will be given to the Autism Support Group from Hardin County who are searching for a way to get GPS bracelets for other Autistic children in America who are equally at risk.

Those interested in donating to the cause can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/sam039s-funeral-expense. Any amount can help the family at this time.