Chippewa Falls Girl Scout #3055

$76,239 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 1,247 people in 9 days
Created November 5, 2018
The Chippewa Falls, WI community is devastated with the news of deaths of three young Girl Scouts from Troop #3055 and a mother were tragically killed while in the process of doing their community service project of picking up trash along side the road. All safety precautions were taken for the girls (safety vests and supervision) yet a black F150 pickup truck struck the girls and a mother that was supervising, and fled the scene. This unexpected tragedy has financial impacted these families. Money raised will go to offset the funeral costs, and medical expenses.

The traffic crash claimed the lives of Jayna S. Kelley (age 9) of Lake Hallie, Autum A. Helgeson (age 10) of Lake Hallie, Haylee J. Hickle (age 10) and her mother Sara Jo Schneider (age 32) from the Town of Lafayette. One additional injured girl (age 10) is still hospitalized at this time.

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As the President/CEO of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation I would like to give my sincere gratitude to everyone who has made a contribution to Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s GoFundMe page. While the families and the community are taking the next steps of healing from this tragedy the parents and supporters of Girl Scouts Troop #3055 have scheduled a meeting for this Thursday, November 15th to hear an update and to begin preparations to move forward and close this campaign.

We will as promised divide the GoFundMe money up five ways, four of which will go to the impacted families, the Kelley’s, the Helgeson's, the Zwiefelhofer's and both Haylee Hickle and her mother Sara Jo Schneider’s family. The fifth portion of the donations will go into a fund that will cover future needs. During this time CCEDC will be meeting with our accountants ( who will be helping us with the withdrawal process and make sure that it is in compliance with all regulations with the IRS and State. There has been many donors asking how money will be disbursed evenly for this reason I hope this update satisfies that request.

The day of the tragedy Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation received numerous calls from our investors, several board members, and colleagues on how we could help. CCEDC works closely with Mr. Kelley and the Chippewa County Highway Department and has in the past asked the local Girls Scout Troop #3055 to attend STEM field trips and to help CCEDC with centerpiece decorations for our annual meeting that was held on May 17th, where over 500 business leaders gathered for breakfast. For Troop #3055 service to the community and the for their involvement in CCEDC activities the establishment of this GoFundMe page was a small token of action that I and CCEDC could do for these families impacted by the tragedy.

Moreover, I would like to thank Paula Gerrish who is a troop leader for local Girls Scout Troop #3345 and works closely with Troop #3055 for her support, kindness, and organization behind the scenes. I hope these answers all the questions from the GoFundMe staff and the many individual emails I have received. Finally, I would like to thank those unknown staff members at GoFundMe that helped provide a platform where Troop #3055, Girl Scouts around the world and supporters could share their love for these families in need. In short, we are in the process of wrapping this GoFundMe campaign up and would like to send many thanks.

Charles Walker
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation

Follow the link below to read about a nice article on everyone's help:
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The Girls Scout Troop #3055 wanted to share these posters that were at Jayna Kelley's, Autumn Helgeson's, Haylee Hickle's and her mother Sara Jo Schneider's services this week. This is a sampling of just some of the many loving and kind comments that were shared and left from countless people around the world on our GoFundMe page.

As the photos are quite large we are unable to share them as they become pixelated when resized on our GoFundMe page. However, you may follow the below links to our Facebook account to see these touching memorial posters for Jayna, Autumn and Haylee.

We would like to thank our community and all the gracious supporters near and far who have donated or shared sympathetic and caring words of support with these families. We feel the love and know they do as well. Thank you.
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In Chippewa County, WI on November 6th, the Girl Scout Troops #3055 and #3345 gathered together to hear an update on the GoFundMe page, discussed and reviewed the positive and loving comments sent throughout the world. This is what Troop #3055 Girl Scouts decided to do to say thank you for everyone's outpouring support.
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Just another example on why CCEDC loves our Girl Scouts. We remember the good times and smiles when CCEDC organized a Girl Scout tour of one of Chippewa Falls major manufacturing employers( HPE). During the tour the girls got to see how super computers are made and a little introduction to STEM. Found memories get us through rough times.

CCEDC would like to thank everyone that has donated, left kind words, said a few prayers, and shared the link. Stay tuned for more updates. God is good!
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Raised by 1,247 people in 9 days
Created November 5, 2018
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