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MERIDIAN Saturday, the community is invited to open their hearts and pocketbooks for a little 5-year-old boy whose family needs help paying for a service dog.

When the Moxie Java on Locust Grove in Meridian had their store Grand Opening Friday, owner Sami Morledge got a good idea of just how much generosity the community is capable of giving.

My heart melted and so we decided to do a benefit for him and incorporate it into our grand opening to try and make it as big as we can, said Morledge.

She is talking about Gavin Cartrette, a little boy that lives in Nampa with his family and has been in casts for most of his life.

He s such a good kid, said Gavin s mother Sarah Davis.

Davis said that even with a supportive family, and an older brother, Gavin is not your average kid.

He has hydrocephalus, fluid on the brain, explains Davis. He had hip dysplasia he s had surgery on that cleft lip and palette.

Most recently, in January, Gavin had a surgery to straighten out his legs.

We have come a long way; we have had 30 plus surgeries so far, said Davis.

Gavin s mom says, her little boy has been through so much and he is so strong.

It s painful, don't get me wrong, it's painful, but he handles it so well, she said. That is why he is my hero.

The mission of the benefit for Gavin at Moxie Java on Saturday is to raise $7,000 dollar for a service dog.

It really hits close to home, my son is also five, explains Morledge. The Moxie Java baristas decided to help, on the store's big opening weekend. For every drink sold $2 dollars will be given to Gavin s benefit, donations are also welcome.

A service dog will help give Gavin independence because as he gets older Davis said mobility may get harder.

We have amazing people in this community I can t say enough, she said.

The Meridian Moxie Java on North Locust Grove will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You can also get more information on Gavin by visiting his Facebook page here

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