Community supports family who lost 4-year-old daughter
10:40 PM, Jul 6, 2018
OSHKOSH, Wis. - There has been an outpouring of love and support for the Vaughn family after their 4-year-old daughter, Arya, was hit and killed by a car while riding her bike in May.
The community is stepping up to help the family, raising money for them through fundraisers and benefits.
"I’m just really amazed at all the people that came and helped,” said Mary Krohn who organized an event on June 30.
Mary Krohn has been friends with Arya's mother for years.
When Krohn heard about the tragedy, she knew she had to do something to help.
Krohn organized a benefit including a motorcycle ride, five-stop poker run, and raffles back at Twisted Roots.
“The raffles is what brought most of the money in,” said Krohn.
They raised more than $3,000 for the family.
Krohn said many people and businesses in the community reached out to donate baskets and big ticket items for the raffles, in addition to people giving her cash donations all night.
"This is certainly a tragic event, but to see people come out and be supportive and work to help the family of this young girl get through this is really kind of heartwarming to see,” said Lieutenant Andy Lecker, with the Oshkosh Police Department.
Krohn said the Vaughn family attended the benefit, riding alongside the motorcycles in a convertible.
She added Arya's parents haven't been working since the accident, so this money will help in more ways than one.
"They have the cost of food, the cost of rent, the cost of funeral, doctors,” said Krohn.
They also have a baby boy to support.
Krohn is meeting the family at a bank in Oshkosh on Monday, July 9 to present them with the donation check.
If you would like to donate, friends have created a Go Fund Me page for the family.