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Four Year Old Boy Hosts Hot Dog Fundraiser to Benefit West Park


A four year old in West is planning a fundraiser to help rebuild the city park.

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.

Parker's grandparents say he always looked up to his dad, Joey, who was known for volunteering around West.

"He always attempted to help with different projects around the city and the community," Joe said. "He would do Toys For Tots, Fill The Boot or any projects the fire department had."

Now, his grandparents couldn't be more proud about Parker's decision to help.

"I think that's the morale that his dad taught him. And Joey always says service comes from the heart." said Carolyn. "I think that's where he's getting it and I'm very proud that he's doing that."

Come this weekend, Parker will be busy fundraising for the city park.

"Parker will be selling hot dogs. He will be cooking them and putting them in the buns, that's his orders," said Carolyn.

The fundraiser will be this Saturday from 10am to 2pm by the city hall gazebo in downtown West. A silent auction will be held and of course, hot dogs.

To donate to Parker's Park Project: click here

For the Facebook page: click here

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