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Treasure Coast community rallies behind 3-year-old girl shot in Port St. Lucie

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Treasure Coast community rallies behind 3-year-old girl shot in Port St. Lucie (WPEC)

"I want picked up," Preslie Jean mumbled.

Preslie's breathing tube was removed Thursday and her mom said she tried talking and even singing. The three-year-old was in a medically induced coma for over a week after she was shot in the head during a road rage incident. She's making progress, but still has a long road ahead.

Several businesses throughout the Treasure Coast are chipping in to help.

"This is all the money we have right now," said Tresia Sutherland, the general manager at Marco's Pizza.

They raised over $200 in less than a week.

Sutherland, who lives in Port St. Lucie, heard the sirens the night of the incident. She said when she heard what happened, she was heartbroken and just wanted to help, even though she doesn't know Preslie or her family.

"The world just seems so self absorbed and in a hurry. We need some kindness," she said. "People just need to help each other these days there’s just not a lot of that going on unfortunately."

Dagwood's Deli in Vero Beach decided to help too.

"Help the family with medical bills and stuff like that," Selena Alvarado said.

She works out with Preslie's aunt and when she heard what happened, she said she immediately went to her boss, Joshue Jenkins.

He simply couldn't say no.

"You can’t help but have your heart go out to them," Jenkins said.

He said you don't have to be a customer to donate. On their first day, they collected $60.

Both Jenkins and Sutherland are hoping to get a lot more money for Preslie throughout the month of November. In addition to donations, all the workers at both restaurants are donating their tips.

"Hopefully, we’re gonna raise a whole lot more money for this little girl and when she gets home she has all the pizza she can eat from us," Sutherland said.

Marco's Pizza is also planning an event on Nov. 28 where 20 percent of all their sales that day go to Preslie and her family.

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