ESCANABA, Mich. (WZMQ) – The upper peninsula community has continued their rally behind the Weaver family after a crash late last month took the lives of Parents Tara and Jerry Weaver. As a close community, the Escanaba area was familiar with the Weaver Family.
“I know the girls pretty well and their parents shop here very regularly so their very good customers and so our hearts are breaking for them and we wanted to do something”, said Elmers County Market Store Manager Kurt Strasler.
All around the U.P., local organizations continue to donate to the family. In Escanaba, Elmers County Market is aiding the Weaver family by donating $10.00 from each one of their Valentine’s Day Prime Rib Dinners. These dinners can be purchased from February 10th to the 14th. “We actually rode the same school bus growing up”, continued Strasler.
On Wednesday, February 1st, local diner “Drifters” had phones ringing off the hook with the community, open to lending a hand to the family. “We’ve had people mail things as well that are out-of-towners, so we just wanna thank everyone that comes in we had people sitting here a half hour before it started just to, they waited to order until 2 o’clock.” said Drifters waitress Veronica Williams.
“It’s definitely loyalty. Being directly from Escanaba, there were very very high emotions on Monday I was at the school with my working therapy dog. It was a very weary, eerie place”
The Escanaba Schools’ Facebook page has a list of local businesses and organizations that are still collecting donations for the family. The community is continuing to show support from Escanaba and throughout the Upper Peninsula as the GoFundMe donation raises about $165,000.
Click here to access the GoFundMe page for the Weaver family.
Click here for more ways to support the Weaver Family.