By NATALIE SCOTT
Austintown Middle School was the location for the Jingle Bell Jam, a concert and fundraiser to benefit Darcy Fletcher, a crossing guard for the Austintown school system who was struck by a car in a hit-and-run this school year.
The benefit featured a performance by the Sugarland tribute band, Every Day America, a Chinese auction with more than 30 different baskets, food for sale by Barry Dyngles, and more. Proceeds from the benefit were going to Fletcher to help cover some of her medical expenses.
“I am just overwhelmed by the support of the community,” said Fletcher at the benefit. “This was my first time out since the accident and I am just so grateful and appreciative to everyone who has come out here to support me and show me how much they care.”
People from all over the Austintown community came to show support for Darcy, many of them close friends or co-workers.
“It was trying to go through this process with Darcy,” said Cathy Mellott, who works with Fletcher. “You never think someone could do something like that and not stop. She was just doing her job and now she’s going to have problems for the rest of her life. It’s very sad.”
A spaghetti dinner to benefit Darcy Fletcher will be hosted at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church’s new hall on Jan. 13 from noon until 5 p.m.