MILTON-FREEWATER — Jessie Schmaltz needs help and her Aunt Amy is determined to get it.
Jessie, 8, suffers from a seizure disorder and scoliosis. The Ferndale Elementary School student has suffered seizures without warning since she was 3 months old.
Medical equipment that would improve the Milton-Freewater child’s quality of life and help her family keep her safe is not covered by the insurance companies, Amy White said.
“For quite some time I pondered what I could do to assist my sister with Jessica,” she said, adding that Jessie’s mom, Kori Schmaltz, “is a fairly private person with Jessica” and didn’t want to be public with their needs.
White, however, grew impatient and decided to move things forward with her own fundraising. “My goal is to raise about $4,000 to cover three items.” That would cover a special needs car seat with a swivel base, a special bath chair and a walker that would keep her niece supported with a light and free-moving frame.
“I thought ‘how do I get that kind of money?’ I decided to create an online auction, which is in the works,” White said.
She began by asking friends for help and the response has been “unbelievable. It’s been amazing,” she said.
Auction items include a handmade calf-hide leather throw pillow, handmade jewelry, lap and crib quilts, wooden step stools “made by Grandpa,” a wooden doll bed and numerous other hand-crafted items, as well as services from local vendors.
White has created a Facebook page, “Jessicas Life,” to showcase auction items and provide links to bid or donate cash. Bidding begins Friday and goes through Feb. 22.
For more information, call White at 301-6383.