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"Blessing Box" honors Suwannee County woman killed in 2015

Blessing Box
Blessing Box
Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 17:33:48-04

McALPIN, Fla. (WTXL) - A Suwannee County town has a unique way to help those in need in the community.

It's a simple concept: take what you need, give what you can. A "blessing box" stands outside the McAlpin Community Center, and it's dedicated to a young woman who was killed two years ago.

"We really can't have closure 'til we know exactly what happened and feel like justice has been done for her," said Donna Wade, the grandmother of Brittany Slaughter.

Slaughter was just 27 when she was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Wellborn.

While the family continues to look for answers, Wade said she "wanted something positive to come out of her tragic death."

In April, the community set up the blessing box in Slaughter's memory. Her family says Brittany had a heart to reach those in need.

"She always wanted to make it her life's goal to help other people," said Scott Wade, Brittany's stepfather. "She'd give people her last penny."

People add non-perishables, hygiene products and more to the box -- and those who need them are encouraged to take.

"Very often when I come to check it, it will be empty," Donna said.

It's a sign that the box is meeting needs -- and a sign that Brittany's memory will live on.

"I know that she's up there smiling down, knowing that we're doing something in her honor to help other people," Donna said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into Brittany's death.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to help contribute items to the blessing box, it's located off Highway 129 in McAlpin across from the post office -- and located in front of the community center.