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Canned food drive one way to remember Abby Williams and Liberty German

The last two years have taken a toll on the Delphi community and now the families of Abby Williams and Libby German are hoping to bring people together by giving back.

Posted: Feb 13, 2019 11:13 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 11:21 PM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — The last two years have taken a toll on the Delphi community and now the families of Abby Williams and Libby German are hoping to bring people together by giving back.

Wednesday's prayer remembrance was also a chance for community members to give back as well

Delphi United Methodist Church played host for the service as the community continued to remember the lives of Abby and Libby.

"Man they were just rays of sunshine," said the principal of Delphi Community Middle School Sarah Gustin. "Just joyous. Just always full of life."

The lives of Abby Williams and Libby German were remembered at a prayer service and it's the third year in a row the Delphi community gathered in pain to pray and reflect on their lives at Delphi United Methodist Church.

But, this time its different.

"This year the question was what do we do to honor and live towards life," said senior pastor Todd Ladd.

The answer to the question was a canned food drive for people and for pets.

Libby's grandfather, Mike Patty, said Libby would have cherished this.

"She would have loved it," said Patty. "She would have been out there giggling. She would have been laughing and she would have been calling people in. She would have been spreading this on social media. That's the way she was"

The way the service worked was that community members grabbed a remembrance bracelet and dropped off their items and spent as much time as needed in the sanctuary.

Even if you dropped off one canned food item that was okay.

"Because one can will feed someone just like one tip may be the right tip," said Ladd.

The night was full of hope, hugs and honor just like one big family.

"It's truly a testament to the community," said Gustin. "That's how Delphi is. It's close knit. It's like a family. Our school is like a family."

"It's been really wonderful to see the community and people and friends," said Patty. "Most of these people have become friends. We've been immersed in this for the last couple of years together."

Together the community stands for justice and stands for the lives of Abby and Libby.

"Abby and Libby...they were our girls," said Gustin. "They could have been anyone's daughters or sisters or friends."

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