'Share For Shannon' promotes day for good deeds
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. —
Friday marked one year since two 19-year-olds were killed in a horrific crash on Route 102 in Burrillville.
Shannon Heil and Markell Torres were two teens taken too soon.
"Ever since the accident I have yet to have an actual good night's sleep. It constantly weighs on my heart and my soul," said Cameron Heil, Shannon's brother.
Shannon Heil was the driver. She hit a van head-on. Will Scurry was the only passenger in her car to survive.
"The only thing I remember is feeling the impact," Scurry said.
Instead of spending the first anniversary grieving, they're giving back.
Brian Heil, Shannon's father, started a social media campaign called Share for Shannon. It asks people to do good deeds in her memory.
"Share for Shannon. Take her spirit and give it to someone else. Pass it along. Pay it forward," Brian Heil said.
He started with thanking the first responders with a breakfast.
"They go home carrying this and I wanted to personally thank them for being there for my daughter," Brian Heil said.
"This morning at Dunkin' Donuts I bought someone's coffee behind me. So, that was my first part of Share for Shannon," Scurry said.
At the scene of the accident last year, NBC 10 found a candle lit for Shannon that read, "Let your light shine forever."
For Brian Heil, this project does just that by keeping his daughter's spirit alive.
Unlike most random acts of kindness, you're being encouraged in this case to brag about how you chose to Share for Shannon. Her father wants you to post what you did on the group's Facebook page so he can read about the impact his daughter is having one year later.