ROCKINGHAM — A car wash originally organized by Richmond County Animal Advocates to raise money for homeless animals has been changed to a benefit for the family of Jaquan Bailey, the Hamlet teen who died over the weekend while swimming with friends at Blewett Falls Lake.
Amy Brown, a volunteer for the animal advocates, said she used to work with Jaquan’s mother, Velma Dawkins, at Outreach for Jesus in Hamlet.
“We were not asked to do it,” Brown said. “It wasn’t announced to the family, although I think they know now that it is going on. I have an amazing amount of volunteers — at least 20 people including some children, and others from outside our group who are coming to help as well. We plan to bow our heads for a word of prayer before we get started.”
The car wash begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Advance Auto Parts on U.S. 74 in Rockingham and lasts until 4 p.m. A minimum donation of $10 is requested, but larger donations are welcome. Brown said 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Bailey’s family.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Brown at 910-995-7870.
— Melonie Flomer