Community Fundraising Efforts for Avila Family

Friends and the community are rallying around the injured family of Waubonsie Valley High School senior, Jacquelyn Avila.

The 17-year-old died last week after her family’s van lost control and hit a semi on I-57. The family was on their way to visit the University of Southern Indiana.

Jackie Avila’s Father and Mother were hospitalized in St. Louis in critical condition. Fourteen year old sister, Alexandria, was also seriously hurt.

Jackie was a student and volleyball player at Waubonsie valley high school. Her Volleyball coaches remember her fondly.
“I just remember her and all her extra reps after practice.” Her coach Lauren Kato said. “All the players looked up to her. She was loved by all and had a great sense of humor.”
“It’s a tremendous loss for our program and for the players in the program who knew her very well and player with her in the off season. She was very well loved by her teammates,” volleyball coach Kristen Stuart said.

Jackie had a part time job at the Sears at Fox Valley. Employees are honoring Jackie’s life by wearing pink ribbons and helping to raise money for the family.
Employees described her as motivated and with a hard working attitude.

Sears General Manager, Will Haney, is organizing the memorial efforts. “We are taking donations in our HUB office for the employees to donate to the family and that’s just at their will. And we are also just wearing pink ribbons just to remember her and to remember her spirit here in the store,” he explains.

“Jackie will be remembered for her great smile and wonderful personality,” friend and Cashier Lead, Mirana Ziadet said.

Social networking sites have provided support for everyone touched by the tragedy. A Facebook group is titled “Jackie Avila, forever in our hearts.”

Friends are also selling bracelets to help raise money for the Avila’s medical bills that can be ordered on Facebook.

In addition to collecting money at several school events, the Indiana Praire School District is setting up a trust fund for the Avila family. Donations can be dropped off at the Waubonsie Valley High School office.

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