August 8, 2002
The local community has truly opened up its heart — and purse strings — to Crofton Commons resident Ashley Dubey, 6, who's still recovering after being struck, May 2, by a hit-and-run driver on Old Centreville Road.
To raise money toward her medical bills, Girl Scout Service Unit 5411 held a bake sale, last Saturday, in front of the Fair Lakes Wal-Mart. Helpers included (from left) Crofton Commons residents Rebecca Vinter, 7; Haley Moore, 6; Stephen Fairbrother, 9 and Lauren Vinter, 8.
The Girl Scout leaders did a lot of the baking, and community members helped sell it all. The event raised $400, and Wal-Mart has agreed to match that amount. Also contributing — by donating muffins plus five dozen doughnuts — was the Dunkin' Donuts at Fairfax Circle.
Even Wal-Mart's Frito-Lay distributor got into the spirit of things. When he came to the store that day and saw the bake-sale sign, he donated four cases of chips. In addition, local businesses have been collecting for Ashley via donation jars in their stores.
Just recently, the Starbucks in the Colonnade at Union Mill shopping center raised $111, and a new jar at Baskin-Robbins in Centrewood Square yielded $32. Others wishing to help may send contributions, payable to Harsh Dubey, to: Bank of America, 14122 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20120.
<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs