Walk-and-ride event to aid Wiggins family with funeral expenses
ROACHDALE -- After the tragic house fire that claimed the lives of three members of the Wiggins family Sunday morning, the town of Roachdale has been showing its support.
Jodie Clodfelter of the business Shabby-n-Sheek will be hosting a walk and ride in honor of the Wiggins family Sunday, Feb. 24, starting at 8 a.m.
Coldfelter came up with the idea to help with the funeral costs for the family soon after the tragedy came to light in the small northern Putnam County community.
(Obituaries for the three members of the Wiggins family -- Charleen Wiggins, 74, Robert J. Wiggins II, 48, and Susan Wiggins, 52 -- appear on Page 2A today.)
With shirts being ordered, putting together the community event in the next few days and running her business, Clodfelter has her hands full.
As she spoke to the Banner Graphic Tuesday afternoon, she was multi-tasking, working on getting a dunk tank and trying to decide on whether or not to do a pancake breakfast for those coming to the event that morning.
The walk-and-ride event will start at 8 a.m. at Shabby-n-Sheek in Roachdale, where participants will walk to what is left of the Wiggins home.
Once at the mobile home site, event-goers will place carnations and release balloons.
"Bobby loved balloons and Charleen loved carnations," Coldfelter explained.
The ride will start at Shabby-n-Sheek around 10 a.m. Sunday as walkers make their way back from the Wiggins home. The ride will end at the Roachdale Tap.
There is a $25 registration fee to participate in the ride.
Also at the event, a 50-50 drawing will be held along with drawing for free tanning or a free haircut. Shirts will also be available for sale at $10 each.
All money raised in the morning part of the event will be used to help pay for the Wiggins family's funeral.
The Roachdale Tap will be donating 15 percent of what it makes in the evening and whatever other donations are made by the walk and ride will go to a fund to help other families during times of need.