Donations Sought For Family Of Sheppards Fire

Published 4:15 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BUCKINGHAM — Donations are being sought for the family involved in a fire at Sheppards early Thursday morning that resulted in the death of a child, the hospitalization of 10 people, and the destruction of their home.

According to Scotty Davis Edwards, of Kyanite Mining Corporation, a donation account called The Wooten Family Fund has been established at the Farmer’s Bank of Appomattox. Donations can be made at any branch of Farmer’s Bank, or by mailing donations to The Wooten Family Fund, P.O. Box 51, Dillwyn, Virginia 23936.

Also, a Go Fund Me donation website has been created to donate electronically:

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Edwards and other donation organizers are seeking clothing for the two adults, along with winter coats for the children, Food Lion and gas gift cards, and common household items, such as toilet paper, silverware, and toothpaste.

“…We are completely covered as far as furniture, appliances, washers, and dryers…You name it, we’ve got it…Clothes, we are pretty much covered…” she explained, reiterating the need for adult clothing and winter coats for the kids.

In terms of clothing sizes, the father wears size 38/30 pants, a 10-and-a-half shoe, and an extra large shirt. The mother has an 11 pants size, wears a 7-and-a-half shoe, and wears large or extra large shirts.

A 16-year-old boy wears size 16 pants, size 11 shoe, and a medium shirt; a 14 year-old boy wears size 18 pants, size 10 shoe, and a large shirt; a 12 year-old boy wears an 11 or 12 pants size, size six shoe, and a medium top.

A 10 year-old-girl wears size 10 or 12 pants, size two shoe, and size 10 to 12 shirt; a nine year-old girl wears size seven or eight pants, size one or two shoe, and size 10 or 12 shirt.

A seven year old girl wears size seven or eight pants, size 13 or 14 shoe, and size seven or eight shirt; the three-year-old girl wears 3-T or 4-T pants, and size nine or 10 shoe, while the 15-month-old boy wears clothing for a baby between 12 and 18 months.

“You really can’t have too many paper towels and things like that. We need diapers for the youngest child….sizes four [and] five diapers,” Edwards recently told The Herald.

Donations are being accepted at Kyanite’s offices, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Their offices are located at 30 Willis Mountain Plant Lane, off of U.S. Route 15, about 3.8 miles south of Sprouse’s Corner.

On weekends and evenings, donations can be dropped off at Millbrook Country Corner, located at Sheppards, at the intersection of U.S. Route 15 and Francisco and Stage Coach roads.

For more information on donating, call 434-983-2085.

According to Dr. Cherie Brickhill, administrator of the Central Virginia Christian School in Dillwyn, the school is collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the family this week.

Brickhill says items can be brought to the school, located at 164 Industrial Park Road in Dillwyn, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.