An Echuca family who tragically lost their mum before Christmas have been receiving steady donations, including three home-made quilts.RENEE THOMPSON March 7, 2014 4:12am
Three home-made quilts have been donated to John, Emily and Makayla May after the family featured in a front page story on February 24 about the loss of wife and mother Melissa May.
Mrs May, 44, tragically died on December 17 after climbing onto a chair to retrieve Christmas presents, losing her balance and fatally striking her head.
Neighbours rallied around the family at Christmas to show their support to John, Emily, 11, and Makayla, 10.
Barham resident Yvonne Sayer said she was inspired to donate the quilts after reading about the family’s ordeal.
She presented the quilts to the two girls and Mr May after driving an hour to get to Echuca South Primary School before school started on Thursday.
‘‘I wanted to hand them over to the family in person so it wasn’t so cold-blooded,’’ Mrs Sayer said.
She said it took her about three weeks to make the special patchwork quilts.
Mr May thanked Mrs Sayer on behalf of the family and said the girls especially would enjoy them.
‘‘They’ve grown out of their kids’ bed covers, so this is really great,’’ he said.
Steady donations have been going into the bank account which will help support Emily and Makayla’s education costs.
Family friend Jean Magnuson said about a thousand dollars had been deposited since she helped open the account in February.
The Riv has collected almost $500 for the family.
Donations to the May family can be made to Bendigo Bank, J May and J Magnuson, BSB: 633000, account number: 151197845 or at the Riverine Herald office at 270 Hare St, Echuca.
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