Wellman student uses derecho tree to raise funds

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Patrick Overy, a young patron of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library knew the library was trying to expand its collection and renovate the building. But this year has been hard on the library, with having to transition more than once to curbside-only service, missing regular fundraisers and just genereally weathering the storm of the coronavirus pandemic.

Patrick wanted to help. So, he and his parents, Bryan and Jessica, decided to sell homemade Christmas ornaments to help raise funds. They used wood from a tree they lost during the Aug. 10 derecho — the severe windstorm that caused immense damage and fallen trees all over the Eastern half of the state.

While their goal was to raise $100, the Overy family managed to raise over $400 via their ornament sales.

“Even though the library has not been open much because of the pandemic, [Patrick] knows how important the library is and misses his visits there,” said Wellman-Scofield Public Library Director, Carol Wilkins.

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