Support Poppy ( gun shot victim)

On December 19, 2020, I received a call that didn’t even seem possible. This is the kind of story you see in a movie or hear about on the news but never do you think it may happen to someone you love. 

My stepdad, Charles Jost was traveling home from Florida after having a “Celebration of Life” ceremony for his mother who passed away on December 13, when he was shot in the face while driving on I-77. The police are saying that this incident was due to road rage and unfortunately the individual responsible is a convicted felon who had a stolen gun. The bullet entered under his right eye and came out by his left ear. The bullet caused a lot of broken bones in his face and has left him unable to see out of his right eye due to optical nerve damage. We are praying for God to heal his eye and to restore his sight and would greatly appreciate your prayers as well. 

To my family, Charles is known as Poppy. Poppy is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served this country during Desert Storm. He’s a fun, loving, jokester who is adored by his grandkids. Poppy is the sole provider for him and my mom. He has worked in the trucking industry for 20 years as an owner-operator and then the past 2 years as a pilot car. 

This horrible act of violence has now left him unable to work with a very long road of recovery which doctors are saying he’ll never be 100% again. I’m asking for help to cover medical expenses that are not covered by the VA and living expenses while he is unable to work, such as the mortgage and utilities. As things are right now with his impaired vision, he’ll never be able to return to work as a pilot car driver. 

I’m saddened to think about how the actions of one man have forever altered the life of another. I don’t want Poppy and my mom to lose the things that they have worked so hard for all because of one act that neither of them could have controlled. Poppy is a strong man with a very positive outlook on life though. One of my nieces asked him “why my Poppy?” and his response was because he was strong enough to handle it and our family has so much love that we can get through this together. 

We know times are hard on so many right now but we appreciate any amount that you can give or just your prayers. Poppy and my mom have already decided that any amount leftover from these donations that are not used for medical or living expenses until he is back on his feet will be donated to other victims of similar crimes or to an organization that assists victims of similar crimes. Thank you for taking the time to read this, your donation of any amount, and your prayers! God bless!


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Brandon Bruner 
Lexington, NC
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