ONTELAUNEE TWP., Pa. - Community members are rallying behind a local family touched by tragedy.
Earlier this month, a 34-year-old mother of three was killed in a car accident in Amity Township. Now, those who knew her are working to help the loved ones she left behind.
Rebecca Enriquez, of West Reading, was leaving work at the Hatfield Meat Company on Sept. 14 when police said she was struck head-on by a driver in Amity Township. She died at the scene.
"It is just heartbreaking that someone, being so foolish, wrecked a family and there is three children and a husband without a mom," said Judy Dalesandro, owner, Berks Kids Closet.
Family friends said Enriquez was a hardworking mother with children, ages 11, 8 and one month.
"Very nice family. We all love her as a Christian, not only as a Christian but as a human person, also. We are very glad to have them there for so many years, but we are really sorry she lost her life," said Jose Castro, Enriquez's assistant pastor.
Dalesandro runs the Berks Kids Closet, a place where families can sell unwanted kids' clothing. Enriquez had reached out to Dalesandro to sell items at the upcoming sale on Saturday, so after she found out about Enriquez's tragic death, she decided to collect donations for the family.
"Immediately, I thought, 'How can I help this family, because I have such a huge database of consigners that are very very generous?" said Dalesandro.
Dalesandro will have someone sell Enriquez's items she planned on selling and give the money to the family. She is also taking donations of food, clothing, baby items, diapers and gift cards. Items can be dropped off at the Leesport Farmers Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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