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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.- From the campus of Westminster College to the sanctuary of the New Life Baptist Church in New Wilmington, local hearts and minds continue to reach out with prayers and support in the wake tragedy that claimed two Hickory High School students and left two others severely injured earlier this month.

Sixteen-year-old Alexis Myers and 15-year-old Danielle Nelson, students at Hickory High School in Hermitage, died in a crash along Interstate 80 on Feb. 10. They were two of four teens in an SUV  that crashed with a semi. The two others were seriously injured and are in critical care at Pittsburgh trauma centers.

The New Life Baptist Church congregation is reaching out with a Community Grief Support Day on Saturday 23, 2019 from noon until 2 pm. 

Counselors will address grief stages and offer help to students and families coping with sorrow.  The Church will also provide a new Grief Share class specifically for people affected by this tragedy.

At Westminster, current undergrads who graduated from Hickory High have rallied around the social media hashtag #HornetStrong as they support each other while helping raise money for the families of the young women killed as well as the survivors.  WCN’s technical operations manager, Gary Swanson, is coaches boys basketball at Hickory.  He joined with Hickory alumni on campus shortly after the tragedy showing the Titan outreach and support.

They’ve joined with volunteers at Hickory High School to put out the call for donations to help the victim’s families.  You can donate directly to the Students for Charity organization through the Hermitage School District 411 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

Those volunteers are also selling #HornetStrong bracelets with all proceeds going directly to the families. For information, call the Hermitage School District at 724-981-8750.



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