SKOWHEGAN – The family says they’re lucky to be living in a town that supports them.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been so grateful for such wonderful community support in my life,” said Darla Pickett, of Skowhegan, who lost her daughter and grandson in a shooting in Madison on July 5.
Over 100 people in Skowhegan are helping a family through a devastating loss.
“We’re having a fund raiser for Darla Pickett and her family, after the tragedy of the shootings where she lost her daughter and her grandson,” said Louann Barnes, who organized the event.
The tragedy Barnes is referring to were the domestic violence fueled shootings in Madison last month, which took the lives of Darla’s daughter, Lori Hayden, and Darla’s grandson, Dustin Tuttle.
“We’re here to help her raise some money and help with the expenses,” Barnes said.
Organizers say the spaghetti dinner and silent auction reflect the town’s sentiment.
“I couldn’t believe the outpouring of love they showed,” said Linda Dunbar, a volunteer.
“Our town has come together wonderfully and we have all sorts of donations for it,” Barnes said.
Those donated, auctioned items, combined with money from the dinner, raising $3,800.00 for a hurting family.
“Darla Pickett is a big part of our community. She’s a wonderful woman,” said Barnes.
“It’s just been overwhelming the support we got and we really, really appreciate this community,” said Pickett. “How lucky we were to live in Skowhegan.”
If anyone is interested in helping the family, contact Louann Barnes at 399-0551.