As a group of young volunteers washed cars outside, helpers inside the cafeteria at Elizabeth Davis Middle School manned a massive yard sale organized for the benefit of the Parker sisters.
Cherry, Hanna, Vanessa and Molly Parker effectively lost both their parents when, according to information from police, their father, Richard E. Parker, 56, shot and killed their mother, Cindy M. Parker, 45, in the parking lot of a local restaurant during a domestic dispute. Richard Parker also shot Michael Dudley, 18, a recent Thomas Dale High School graduate who attempted to intervene.
On Saturday, shoppers browsed everything from picnic baskets to books to Christmas decorations, and some rooted through piles of clothes and linens. According to an e-mail sent Saturday by the sale’s organizers, the effort raised roughly $5,500, which was added to the Parker Family Fund.
Volunteers Patti Leigh Chasse and Lori Gentry said they got involved after receiving e-mail updates about the sisters’ situation. So many people of all ages have stepped up to help, Gentry said.
“Everybody has come together,” she said. Chasse noted that several area businesses have donated services to the sisters, as well.
Jennifer Sanchez, who was looking through a pile of clothes Saturday, said she’d heard about the sisters’ story and how everyone was helping out.
“I think it’s a good deed,” she said.
Outside, Vickie Lojeck was working with volunteers washing cars. Many of the young car washers were in the middle school band with Molly Parker, she said. Lojeck said she and her husband, along with her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend – who drove down from Washington, D.C. – were helping out Saturday.
“There was a need and we were able to help out,” she said.