Temple salon raises money for family who lost child, father in boat tragedy

Channel 6 news reporter Emani Payne reports.

TEMPLE -

A Central Texas business stepped up to help a family who lost two loved ones, as a result of the June 23 boating tragedy at Temple Lake Park.

Kaitlyn Oliver, 4, died after a boat backed over her. Her father, Patrick, died Thursday from injuries he sustained while trying to rescue Kaitlyn during the accident.

The staff at Rojo Salon and Boutique in Temple said they were devastated to learn of the tragedy, and they felt determined to let the Oliver family know the Temple community supports them.


Following the accident, the salon began accepting donations and sympathy cards for the family. And, a portion of the business' proceeds for the month of July will be donated to the Oliver family as well, according to the salon's owner Kelly Mach.

"I have a family member who lost both of their children, as well, and it takes a lot of love from the community and support just to really wrap your arms around them," Mach said.


Hair stylist Michelle Roepke said she decided to donate because she has children of her own and could not imagine losing one of them.

"If every person would come in and donate just a little bit, it would help out tremendously and take the burden off the Oliver family," Roepke said.

The salon is located at 6173 W. Adams Ave D in Temple. Click here for directions. Call 254-771-9981 for more information.

There is a separate GoFundMe page for the family, which can be found here.

 

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