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Crisfield Community Rallies To Support Fire Victims' Families

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CRISFIELD, Md. - The deaths of Angelina Pinkston, her mother Jennifer Cooper and an infant in a weekend house fire have triggered an outpouring of support from the community in Somerset County.

Crisfield High School and Academy nurse Lynne Brumley says Pinkston was the third student at the school to have died in the last four years.  In this case, students from the school's S.A.D.D organization (Students Against Destructive Decisions) have stepped up to show support for the victims' families.  Student Abigail East came up with the idea of designing memorial t-shirts to sell for $15 and raise money for funeral expenses.

"I feel like it's the best way to keep someone's memory alive and people can buy them and they can wear them and know she's still there with them," said East.

"It kind of just started snowballing after we posted last night what we had started and now other people are jumping on.  So it make it easier," said Brumley.

Brumley says several local businesses have also come forward wanting to either donate or hold fundraisers for the family.  One such event will be held at Peaky's Restaurant in Princess Anne on Tuesday, Nov. 15.  Part of the proceeds will be donated to help pay for funeral expenses.

School administrators say the actions of the students and the community are healing and inspiring.

"The support system from the parents and community is above and beyond," said Chantal Russum, principal of Crisfield High School and Academy.

Assistant principal Jeff Hale agreed.

"The whole purpose of education is to build promising citizens for our community," said Hale.  "I think this demonstrates that."

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11/3/16 - LATEST FUNDRAISER INFORMATION:

SADD will be doing a 10% day with The Pizza Shoppe on Friday, Nov. 4.  With the purchase of anything from the Pizza Shoppe 10% of the ticket will go for funeral funds.  SADD wishes to thank Billie Jo for helping support the family.  The Pizza Shoppe is located in Crisfield.

SADD is holding a 10% day/night with Circle Inn in Crisfield however a date has not yet been announced.  A date is expected to be set next week and proceeds will go toward funeral expenses.

Main Street Flowers in Crisfield is making pink ribbons for sale out of their store.  The ribbons cost $8 and 50% of the money raised will go toward funeral expenses.  Pink was Angelina Pinkston's favorite color and was part of her name.  People are encouraged to place a ribbon on mailboxes, fences, lights, and flagpoles in memory of Angelina.

Lmen's Seafood in Crisfield will be donating 25% of their proceeds from the weekend of Nov. 4 to 6.

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