Orchard Hill Elementary raises money for fire victim's family

Staff members at Orchard Hill Elementary hosted a holiday fundraiser Friday night to raise money for the Chapman family.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 10:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Staff members at Orchard Hill Elementary hosted a holiday fundraiser Friday night to raise money for the Chapman family. 

Their daughter, Olivia, passed away due to injuries she suffered in a fire at Cedar Tree Apartments in November. She was a kindergarten student at Orchard Hill. 

Speech Language Pathologist Kelly Reid began organizing the event about two weeks ago.

"I just felt like we needed to do something to help the mom more, and vendors have been so wonderful. We have LuLaRoe, Matilda Jane, Mary Kay, and Pampered Chef plus tons of handcraft vendors," Reid said. 

Reid said the school was overwhelmed with donations for a silent auction and raffle drawings.

"It was amazing because all day today people have been bringing desserts into Orchard Hill and saying this is for the fundraiser, people that have never even driven to Orchard Hill," Reid said. 

Also on the list of Friday night's vendors was Medford Fire-Rescue.

Deputy Fire Marshal Samantha Metheny said the event is a great chance to speak to families about fire prevention and safety.

"I have two little girls at home myself and my heart goes out to this family and to this community, and as a person in fire prevention I just hate to see any loss at all," Metheny said. 

She used her booth to educate families on smoke alarm batteries and how they can protect themselves if a fire breaks out.

"I think families really should think about practicing plans, knowing two ways out of every sleeping area," Metheny said. 

All of the money raised during the event will go to the Chapman family. 

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