By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Pinon Hills)–Many in the Victor Valley were shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic house fire in Pinon Hills that claimed the life of 35 year old Amy Shinedling. Her husband Aaron and their 3 children survived the fire, but the family escaped with just the clothes on they were wearing. Now the grieving family has to start all over. When Connie Oxier heard about the tragedy, she wanted to help. “I felt bad for them, but I didn’t have any cash to donate. I had an idea lots of people have stuff they want to get rid of, and I am a really good seller.” So she organized a rummage sale to raise funds to donate to the Shinedling family. The rummage sale will be Saturday, January 22nd at Pop’s Pizzeria, 14875 Bear Valley Road in Hesperia. Connie Oxier can be reached at 760-987-8348. “The sale starts at 9am, but I will be there starting at 7am so people can drop off items for the sale.” Oxier said.
Anyone wanting to drop off items before the weekend of the rummage sale can take them to Silverado High School’s Upper Campus, room 903. Oxier is an instructional assistant at the campus, and Aaron Shinedling is one of her co-workers. “We would see him walk by every day. I received a personal e-mail from him expressing his thanks for what we are doing,” Oxier explained. An account has been set up at Desert Community Bank for the Shinedling Family. Donations can be made at any branch. DCB has also set up a Memorial Fund to help cover the costs for Amy Shinedling’s memorial service.
Pinon Hills Elementary and Pinon Mesa Middle School are accepting donations of clothing, cash, toys and gift cards for the family. Their daughters are aged 13, 9, and 3 years old.
Hillside Community Church is helping to collect food items and organize meals for the Shinedling family. Call 760-249-5007 for more information.