Chippewa Falls Prepares for Funerals; Girl Scouts Plan Nationwide Vigil

November 07, 2018 10:23 PM

Community support in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin comes in many forms.

Grandmothers doing their part to sew a large quilt together. Students who've made green bracelets. A father who's been using his business to print 20,000-plus stickers. 

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RELATED: Loved Ones Say Goodbye to Mother, Daughter Killed in Wisconsin Crash 

The National Alliance of Girl Scouts has urged all troops nationwide to hold a vigil this Saturday at 3 p.m. There are online auctions whose proceeds will go directly to the victim's families. And now through Nov. 21, scouts have been asked to perform a public service in their community that is meaningful and a legacy to the sisterhood lost.

Thirty-two-year-old Sara Jo Schneider, her 10-year-old daughter Haylee Hickle, 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson were killed last Saturday when a truck driven by Colton Treu veered off the highway in Chipppewa Falls on County Road P, hit them as they picked up litter along the road and kept going.

RELATED: Funerals Scheduled for Girl Scouts, Mother Struck and Killed in Wisconsin

Rocky Kempe is a father and one of his daughters is the same age as the victims. Kempe runs a business and 24/7 since the incident, he turned his pain into purpose, printing out sheet after sheet of stickers to pass out to the community.

"For us, it's a real tight, local community and it means a lot to us. Hit us all real hard, close to home, because it could have been any one of us," he said.

Cards and letters of support can be sent to the following address:

  • Girl Scouts of Northwestern Green Lakes
    Eau Claire Service Center
    4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy
    Eau Claire, WI  54701

There is also an account set up at the CCF Bank at 2727 Commercial Boulevard in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin for monetary donations to the families affected by this tragedy.

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