Community pays $47,000 for swine after boy loses mother

- The family is still trying to heal from their loss, but Thursday night at the Hardee County Fair, something very special happened to help their process.

In a video sent to FOX 13 News by a viewer who wishes to remain anonymous, Hendry’s son, Heath, can be seen standing alongside an auctioneer. Heath had been raising a swine to sell at the fair, and Thursday was the big night.

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The price per pound started off low, but it didn’t stay there long. Within just a minute-and-a-half the auction was over, and Heath’s swine was sold for an unbelievable price.

“SOLD for $170 a pound,” the auctioneer announced. 

A community has come together to help a young boy who lost so much, so quickly.

Earlier this week, Tamara Hendry, a Zolfo Springs Elementary School teacher, died suddenly of a heart attack.

Aside from teaching, Hendry was also a single mother to an 11-year-old boy named Heath.

At 290 pounds, it went for more than $47,000.

The crowd went wild, giving Heath a standing ovation, and we’re told there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Some of the money will go toward funeral arrangements for Heath’s mother, and the rest will go towards his care.

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