Forest Grove rallies around dead girls' families

Forest Grove rallies around dead girls' families

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 4:45 PM

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The line at the Sugar Shack Coffee House wrapped around the block in Forest Grove Thursday, with people wanting to take part in a fundraiser for the families of the two girls who died after getting hit by an SUV last weekend.

The owner of the Sugar Shack plans to donate every dollar spent Thursday before 2 p.m. to the families.  Just down the road, HPS Pipe & Supply was giving a portion of its profits to them as well.

“It's exciting to see that there are this many people that actually care,” said Rick Wiley, HPS Pipe & Supply Manager.

Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, died at the scene after she was hit by an SUV Sunday night. Her stepsister Abigail Robinson, 11, was also hit and suffered critical injuries. She passed away Monday night at Randall Children's Hospital in Portland. 

Several fundraisers have been organized for the girls' families.

“I'm sure they are going to have a lot of different expenses and things that come up and I just want to help alleviate their stress as much as I can and let them know they are supported here,” said Sugar Shack owner Tami Doner.

An account has been set up to help cover funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the "Dieter-Robinson" fund at any Columbia Community Bank or through the Sonrise Church.

Doner had hoped that her Sugar Shack event would raise at least $500. But she already racked up more than $2,000 in sales before noon and the line wasn't letting up.

It was a testament to the love and support that only continues to grow in this tight-knit community, even from people who did not know the girls directly.

"They are very precious, children are.  It's so sad these girls were taken too soon.  I can't imagine what that would be like," said Lora Jones, one of the many people donating money Thursday.

A celebration of life service will be held at Hillsboro campus of the Sonrise Church Saturday at 10 a.m. The public is welcome.

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