Lock Haven stores take donations for family of homicide victim

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LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Nine-year-old Anson Stover was found dead at a condo in Lock Haven last week, leaving his grandmother to care for his three biological siblings, and the two children of his aunt, who’s charged in his murder.

An effort has been growing in Lock Haven to make sure both his siblings and grandmother are protected financially.

Hanna Stover is the owner of Momoyo Utsu boutique in Lock Haven. On Thursday, she posted a fundraising initiative to her store’s Facebook page. A call that’s already led to nearly $2,000 in cash and gift card donations alone.

“It’s been incredible. We feel very blessed that the community has come together in this heartbreaking time,” said Stover.

Stover says they’ve received Christmas gifts and toys in addition to monetary donations.

“I cannot get over how many people have come here, and how many people have reached out on Facebook. Even people from out of state are wanting to donate. And that just really touches the community, for sure,” Stover said.

Across the street, A Little Bird gift shop has also started taking donations for the family.

Tina Newberry, co-owner of A Little Bird gift shop, said the family’s hardship weighed heavy on her mind.

“To lose a sibling, and now, their poor grandmother, who has those children and has to care for five little girls… Just absolutely heartbroken,” said Newberry.

Newberry says the solidarity from community leaders doesn’t come as a surprise.

“It wasn’t really surprising to us that they would come together for a community member in need. Like I said, it’s very tight knit, and we’re all here for each other in any way possible,” Newberry said.

In addition to those donations, a candlelight vigil is also being organized for Friday evening at Riverview Park in Lock Haven.

Michelle Anderson, the organizer of that event, told Eyewitness News that there will be a donation bin there as well, for those wishing to contribute.

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