Suffolk supports teen’s family

Published 9:36 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Suffolk’s Main Street sweetFrog raised $8,000 Tuesday for the family of a former employee killed in a car wreck on her way home from work.

Savannah Scheil, who was a senior at Windsor High School, died Sunday when her vehicle veered off Lake Prince Road and into a tree sometime before 11:06 p.m. Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.

Anne Weaver, the store manager, said Wednesday Scheil had worked for the sweetFrog, which opened about six weeks ago, for almost a month.

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“When I interviewed her, her personality was just like sweetFrog: cheerful, happy and really bright,” Weaver said. “She was a really happy child.”

The store closed Monday out of respect for the Scheil family. Before it re-opened Tuesday, Weaver posted on the walls pictures of the teen and pieces of paper for heartfelt messages from those who knew her or been touched by news of her death.

Judy Hawkins never met Scheil, but saw a Facebook announcement for the sweetFrog fundraiser, while Elizabeth and George Jenkins knew about Scheil from the news.

They both were struck by the story enough to stop by the store Tuesday.

“Nowadays, people need to feel commitment; there’s not enough commitment in the world,” Hawkins said.

Elizabeth Jenkins agreed. “We’re not in this world by ourselves, and we need to be able to rely on each other,” she said.

Lyndsey Paschal, who had known Scheil since grade six, said, “Savannah was so bubbly, and she could have a conversation with anyone. She would take the shirt off her back if she had an opportunity to help someone.”

Suffolk Fire & Rescue Lt. Ray Willet commented at the store, “It’s a tight community here in Suffolk, and people want to help, but they don’t always know how. A simple event like this gives people a chance to make a difference.”

Windsor High School will hold a public memorial service for Scheil at 4:30 p.m. today, Weaver said. The school held a private service Monday.

“We hope that we’re able to help the community in these sad days,” Weaver said Tuesday. “We’re thankful for how the community has been here for us during this time.”

Tuesday’s sales account for $7,000 going to the family, while $1,000 was raised through donations.

Jars for donations will remain on the store counter for up to a month, Weaver said.