CUTLER, Ill. (WSIL) -- A Cutler woman is organizing a benefit, silent auction and raffle in the memory of a teenage girl who died in a car crash Labor Day weekend.
The organizer tells News 3, all donations will go back to the family who will use it to cover all expenses.
Angela Queen said it's still difficult for her to talk about her daughter, 14-year-old Delany Piersol.
"I'm lost without her. I miss her everyday. I have my moments. She's always going to be on my mind," said Queen.
Queen describes the 14-year old as a really sweet, sassy little girl, that everyone liked. She said she got the phone call from Sparta ER while still at home with her husband. She rushed to the hospital but was told she was too late because Delany died at the accident scene.
"I was hoping I get to see her, but I didn't get to see her," said Queen.
Queen, who never expected her child to die at such a young age, had not prepared financially for these types of expenses.
"You never plan to have life insurance. I mean, yeah you should, but parent should never have to go through this," said Queen. That's when a neighbor who lives across the street from the family decided to sponsor a benefit, silent auction and raffle for Delany.
"Knowing not having the life insurance or even car insurance that they were going to have to pay for it out of pocket. It's very expensive thing to pay for, so we were hoping that with this benefit we could cover that," said Samantha Wood, the organizer of the benefit.
An act Queen is ever thankful for.
"There's a lot of people coming out and showing us their support for Delaney," said Queen.
The benefit, silent auction and raffle in memory of Delany Piersol is set for this Saturday at 410 North Street in Cutler.
The silent auction times are between 2 and 6 p.m. and a GoFundMe page has been set up. Search for Delany Piersol.