Thank you all so much for your generous donations! As I bring this fundraiser to a close today I am overjoyed with the the fact that WE were able to join together and gift these funds to the Murphy family! Today - a month since the day Alexis was last seen, details were released concerning the ongoing investigation. Let's all hope that more details unfold about Alexis' whereabouts and those whom are involved. This family, and the families of other missing children will always be in my prayers - and hope will always remain in my heart! Please join me in keeping hope alive! Thanks again friends, this was truly a good deed and I am sure it's greatly appreciated!
I know it's late in the day, but I hope supporters of this fund will see this message at some point. Thank for joining me in helping the Murphy family through this fundraiser. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and remain hopeful for more information and Alexis' safe return home.
My connection with Alexis... a story I rarely share...
Growing-up in Cville I had no reason NOT to trust anyone; my parents taught me to be respectful but at the same time understand that respect is a two-way street. As a senior at CHS I worked at Harris Teeter; at any moment co-workers & customers could see me running in after softball or volleyball practice, with my flute in hand (b/c my car didn't lock properly), or hear me going on-and-on about all of the above, in addition to my plans for college. There was one older man in particular who would always come to my line; I didn't think twice about it... I just assumed I was a speedy cashier, or that over the other cashiers he preferred my line; really, no big deal.
By the summer after a lot of contemplation I decided that I would attend Lynchburg College - it was a decision that I was afraid of but also proud of. Being me, I am sure I mentioned to several customers that I was going to LC in the fall; again, I was proud of myself. In the days leading up to leaving for school I made sure I told all of my favorite customers bye and that they wouldn't see me for a while, the older man was one of those people...
I'd say a good three/four months after school began I received a call from someone in the Hall where the mailboxes were located, they said I had a surprise visitor. I thought it was my on again/off again boyfriend (now husband); cheerfully I ran down there hoping to see that familiar face from home but instead I was in for a frightening reality. When I turned the corner standing there with a bouquet of flowers was my customer from Harris Teeter; the older man - close in age to my father, who had once mentioned having a daughter my age! So many thoughts ran through my mind, but I specifically remember these thoughts: "I ONLY TOLD HIM I WAS GOING TO LC, MY NAME TAG ONLY SAID "ROXY", HE TRAVELED TOO MANY MILES TO GET HERE - THIS IS NOT RIGHT!"
I will always be nice, but like my parents taught me - respect is a two-way street; that older man clearly entered into the "disrespect zone" when he showed-up at my school! Without him saying a word, him being there with flowers and having someone else contact me to come down there...I knew that his intentions were not good! I immediately said to him "what in the hell are you doing here! This is not cool, you do not know me like that to be showing up here! You don't even know my last-name, how did you get in here?" Without really giving him a chance to respond I told him to leave, and I ran back to my dorm! I still don't know how he obtained my information but that evening he repeatedly called my room and I'd hang-up, he left crazy voice mail messages cussing and saying he was in the area to see his sick mother - that's why he stopped by. It was the craziest experience I had ever encountered, and I spent a few weeks afraid he would return, but he didn't thank God!
I look back and I'm thankful the situation did not turn out differently, who knows what would've happened if I allowed this stranger to think his actions were normal. The truth is - that ugly truth that my parents often reminded me of: everyone is NOT your friend, some ARE out to harm you, and if you allow it - someone WILL hurt you (your heart, your feelings, your life, etc.).
I hope my story will help someone; don't live your life in fear, but know that everything that you are and everything that you have - you have to protect it...even in the small towns we live in.
I share a connection with Alexis because I am sure, like me, she was just being her teenage self; trusting those around her, enjoying her life, and looking forward to tomorrow. Maybe Alexis and I should have been more guarded with who we spoke to, but being friendly is not an open invitation for someone to take (or try to take) what is not theirs. In both situations, an individual who was old enough to know better crossed a very distinct line! Many prayers for Alexis and her family!
Thanks again for the many donations to "Supportive Souls for The Murphy Family!" On Sunday, September 1st I will be bringing this fundraiser to a close and delivering the funds to Alexis' mother. Please continue to share with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email connections. Thank you and have a blessed day! #FINDALEXISMURPHY
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As the donations continue to come in, I am so proud to be amongst members of this (Cville Area & beyond) community who may not know the victim, her family, or may not be a part of the Nelson Co. community but have found it in their hearts to give.
We are able to be proactive should we get sick, have a car accident, or in the event something happens to our home - by insuring ourselves and our property. But who plans for a stranger to be selfish and take our child away from us? And how do you continue to support your family and household when your attention is focused on that loved one? It has to be difficult or nearly impossible - which is why this fund is so important.
Some have asked for an address to send "Thinking of You" cards to; I don't have an address at the moment but am trying to establish a PO Box to route those communications to. I will print out all of the thoughtful comments everyone has left and deliver them with the donation. Please continue to share this page with others and know that your generosity is appreciated! Many thanks and prayers for you and yours!
It's with a heavy but grateful heart that both NBC Dateline 29 News and CBS19 Newsplex have taken an interest in raising money for this cause. I met with NBC 29 earlier and will be meeting with the Newsplex shortly to continue the mission of helping this family that has encountered tremendous heartache. Please continue to spread the word so we can help support the Murphy family. Thank you! #FINDALEXISMURPHY
"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there
is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten
another's pain, life is not in vain." -Hellen Keller
Hello, my name is Roxanne Carter-Johnston, I am a Realtor, a daughter, a wife, a friend, and most importantly a mother of three daughters, and an aunt to many nieces. Since learning of Alexis' disappearance I have remained in prayer and hopeful that she will soon be reunited with her family.
I am raising money for Alexis Murphy's family as they focus their time, energy, and other resources to getting her back home. While details continue to unfold, I hope we are able to come together as a local and long distance support system to provide financial assistance to her family. I do not have a set amount that I'd like to raise, I feel any amount will help them during this difficult time. Please give what you can and know that what you are able to give is greatly appreciated! I have set a goal just because the site asks for it, ideally, it would be nice to give for as long as its needed and/or for as long as donations continue to come in.
As I type this, I again begin to get teary eyed as I can not imagine the pain that this family is enduring! Please lift them up in prayer as well, support comes in many different forms so please share leads, requests for info, details, etc.
There is a Facebook Page that has done a wonderful job with keeping everyone informed, please like and visit often: FINDALEXISMURPPHY
Click here for a timeline of events that have occured thus far, if you have any information that may help this investigation please call the specified authorities!
I do not know Alexis, her mother, or her father; however, my father does know her mother. I look forward to the opportunity to give them the first disbursement from their many supporters! ALL donations are for the family, this site deducts a 7.9% fee and also a $0.30 fee for each donation; that is a fee of $1.09 for every $10.00.
Thank you in advance for supporting the Murphy family!
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