Community raises thousands for family of Canton girl killed in accident outside elementary school

CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - A community in mourning came together to raise money for the family of a girl killed in a car accident just outside her school.

The mother of 9-year-old Emily Taylor worked as a housekeeper at Canton's Holiday Inn Express, where colleagues are doing all they can to help the Taylor family ease the pain of saying goodbye.

In a place where pleasantries are lightning-quick, the guests at the hotel Tuesday night slowed things down, giving the staff a chance to rest their heavy hearts and remember a little girl.

“We are here today to help the family of Emily Taylor.” said Canton resident Clarice Killian.

Last Monday, 9-year old Emily Taylor was getting into a car just outside her Canton elementary school, when the driver, her mother, accidentally pulled away. The car struck Emily, and she later died at the hospital. Emily’s mother is a house keeper at Canton’s Holiday Inn Express, where staff members held a spaghetti dinner Tuesday night to raise money for Emily’s family.

"So we thought, maybe a thousand dollars," said hotel general manager Debbie Stewart, "Maybe two thousand at the most.”

Donations at the end of the night totaled $9,000.

“Number one, it’s going to help her bury her daughter and give money to help her get through these trying times.” said Stewart.

“We just want them to know we are here." said Dawn Haworth, who works with Emily's mother, "Not only just for the money that we’re giving. But as a family, as their friends, we want them to know that we understand. And we want to be there for them.”

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