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HELP IRELAND'S FUND

ST. PETERSBURG — Ireland Nugent, the spunky 2 1/2-year-old who lost her feet to a lawn mower accident last week, is prompting an outpouring of emotional and financial support from charities, local celebrities and people around the country.

In the four days since Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater established a fund to collect money for her medical care, people have donated more than $16,000.

A Hillsborough County hospital and a former professional wrestler from Seminole are offering to help with prosthetics and comprehensive care.

And about 10 people who also lost limbs in lawn mower accidents have called to offer their support, said the Rev. Dennis Reid, Trinity's pastor.

Ireland's father accidentally backed a lawn mower over the toddler Wednesday at their Palm Harbor home, severing both legs just above the ankles.

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Ways you can help:

Two funds have been set up to accept donations for Ireland Nugent's family:

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church: Checks can be made out to "Trinity Presbyterian Foundation'' (with '"Ireland Nugent'' on the memo line) and sent to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765. Or donate by credit card online:
    www.trinityclearwater.org.
  • Pinellas County government has arranged for a special fund through Pinellas Federal Credit Union in Ireland Nugent's name. Find details online at www.pinellasfcu.org or call (727) 586-4422.