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Jul292011

Justin Bieber Spurs Nationwide Aid for Orphaned Children

Courtesy Maltz Photography(CHICAGO) -- Celebrities are now asking the public to help support three children orphaned after they were injured in a car crash that killed both their parents.

It was nearly midnight on July 2, and the family was driving back to Texas after vacationing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, traveling along U.S. 285 near Fort Stockton, Texas.

A man driving northbound with his wife and 1-year-old daughter became distracted while looking for a DVD, according to San Angelo Highway Patrol spokesman Shawn Baxter.  The driver veered into the other lane and hit the Berrys, who were traveling in the opposite direction.  The wife of the distracted driver died in the head-on collision and he sustained serious injuries, but his daughter was unharmed.

Joshua Berry, 41, and his wife Robin, 40, died at the scene, and two of their children, Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8, have been treated for multiple spinal injuries at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago, which has an in-patient pediatric spinal cord rehabilitation center.  The boys will remain hospitalized until mid-September.

Aaron and Peter may never walk again, their uncle and legal guardian Matthew Berry told ABC News, "but we'll take any miracle."

The Berry's youngest child, Willa, 6, broke her arm, ankle, knee and wrist in the crash.  She is staying with family friends in Houston.

"I don't think she really understands what it means," said Matthew Berry, who will raise his brother's children with his wife Simone, along with their two young children.

Ever since the crash, there has been an outpouring of support for the Berry family, spurred, in part, by Justin Bieber.  The singer helped launch a website telling people how to donate to the Berrys this week, tweeting, "Seeing u all come together for #showyourhearts is pretty amazing. Keep donating and spreading the word. super grateful and proud of my fans."

So far, they've raised more than $40,000, Matthew Berry said.

"My wife has a family member in Bieber's camp, and when they found out they called and asked how they could help," Matthew Berry told ABC News.

Bieber had already met Peter and Aaron, who attended several of his concerts.

Several other celebrities are also rallying around the Berry family, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Sean "Diddy" Combs, who have all asked their followers on Twitter to show support.

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