After Eden Welply was hit by a car in San Marcos in February and lost the use of her legs and hands, her friends started showing up in the hospital’s intensive care unit, one by one.


And they just kept coming.


During the course of her stay, more than 60 friends came to visit the Austin singer-songwriter, who worked as a barista at Radio Coffee & Beer and attended Texas State University, where she was studying art history and women’s studies.


When she finally left the ICU five weeks after the accident, the nurses clapped her out of the hospital.


"The nurses told me they’d never seen anything like it," she said. So many friends, so many deliveries of cookies and cupcakes and treats for the staff.


"To see people that are between 20 and 30 being that selfless for someone else when we’re all trying to start our lives," Welply said. "For one person, it’s unbelievable. It’s totally magical."


Welply, 25, is one of 12 Central Texas featured families in this year’s Statesman Season for Caring program, which raises money for local nonprofit organizations. She was nominated by the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).


Welply and the hundreds of people who will benefit from the Season for Caring funds throughout next year can add another friend to their lists. For the fourth year, the Sheth family offered a $100,000 match to Season for Caring donations.


Austin more than met the match, raising $166,929 from Dec. 1-14. With the match, $10,000 raised from the Driskill Hotel’s Cookies for Caring, $39,227 from P. Terry’s Giving Back Day, and $25,000 from Whataburger, this year’s Season for Caring has raised $378,811 in monetary donations and $95,699 in in-kind gifts of good and services.


There’s still time to give. Monetary donations can be received through Jan. 31. Many of the families, including Welply, also have major things left on their wish list.


Welply would love to have gift cards to restaurants and entertainment places to give her friends.


Friends didn’t stop helping once she left the hospital. They set up a care calendar so they could share meals with her, help her work out or take her to doctor appointments. Ten of them signed up to catheterize her.


Jen Rachid was one of those friends. "Eden is the type of person you can fall in love with in a minute," Rachid said. "She is a shiny person, and it’s like moths to a flame. You want to be near her light."


Recently, Welply has been doing intensive rehabilitation in a hospital in Houston. While there, she continues to think about her art, even writing songs and envisioning an art exhibit about life, death, medical machines and the body.


"You just have to work all the time (on recovery) and be OK with that reality, while also cultivating and not losing aspects of yourself because your whole life can’t be rehab," she said.


Rachid said that even in her recovery, Welply continues to shine, even in the darkness.


"Something like this could harden a lot of people, and there are days that are very difficult, but at the same time, she's always teaching me something," Rachid said.


When Welply returns to Austin, she will need home health care, a cleaning service, smart home devices to help her control things in the house with her voice, an adapted vehicle, a ramp, an 8-foot desk she can roll under, Lasik, and a subscription to Audible.


To find out more about Welply or to donate an item on her wish list, contact Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) at 512-541-4226 or myhaam.org.