Businesses and organizations hold fundraisers for Deputy Riley’s family

Businesses and organizations hold fundraisers for family of Deputy Riley
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:02 AM CST
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WAYNE CO., Ill. (WFIE) - Several businesses are holding fundraisers for fallen Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley.

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One of them is the Flora Dairy Queen. They say they are donating all profits made Thursday. They are also accepting additional monetary donations from those who wish to help.

Halo Resale in Fairfield is doing the same. All profits Thursday and any additional donations will go to the Riley family.

Vanessa Hendrix makes shirts for a living out of her home. She and Deputy Riley were friends in high school, and although they grew apart over time, she wants to do whatever she can to help his family.

“I wanted to do what I can do to make shirts,” Hendrix said. “What little proceeds that come in is all going to go back to them, to try to help his wife Leslie and his kids.”

Hendrix says when one member of her community is hurting, everyone in the community hurts with them.

“Well, when you live in a small town, we’re all family,” Hendrix said. “We all group together and become a family. Everybody comes together and does their part when people are in need.”

A list of more from WFIW Radio is being compiled. They say more should be added.

According to that post, they include the following:

The Carmi Christmas Elves will be having their light display open on New Year’s Eve with all proceeds collected going straight to the Riley family.

K&M Diner in Fairfield has a donation box.

McKenna’s Macarons and More is raffling off a fully custom cake.

She’s Crazy Customs will donate a portion of their sales.

Ron’s Liquor Hut will have a bottle of 12 year Pappy’s up for silent auction.

During the month of January, The Smokin’ Pig will be donating all tips to the Riley family.

Chuck Wagon Charlie’s of Burnt Prairie will be collecting donations.

The Bedford Township Fire Department will be having a benefit dinner on January 8.

The Wayne County Ambulance Service will be having a pork burger and polish sausage fundraiser on January 15.

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