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West End cut-a-thon to benefit family of boy killed by tree


This week, strangers to a family devastated by the loss of their little boy are organizing help. Henrico's Salon Magnolia Spa is hosting a cut-a-thon to benefit the Wills family. All of the donations will go directly to the family of Shawn Wills, to help their ongoing path of healing.

Four-year-old Shawn Wills was killed by a falling tree in Maymont Park last month. The father of the young victim also suffered a broken arm, which is a constant reminder of the freak accident which took his son's life. Weeks later, the community hasn't forgotten this family's struggle.

"Hand in hand, walking through a beautiful park... And things seem to be completely out of control," said Pastor Joe Forbush, of The Pentecostals of Richmond church, during Shawn's memorial service.

"It was very said. I couldn't imagine it being my own child," said Julie Monroe, manager of Salon Magnolia Spa. She has two sons of her own.

Monroe decided to reach out, by reaching for her scissors, even though she doesn't personally know the wills family.

The salon will open Sunday, when it's usually closed. Anyone is invited for a complimentary hair cut from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Donations are accepted, as cuts and styles are free of charge.

"The cost of funeral expenses these days are a lot… I'm sure the father has medical expenses too," continued Monroe.

The Wills family tells NBC12 that they are very grateful for the support.

You can also donate directly to Shawn's Memorial Fund website or at any Wells Fargo Bank.

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