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Garage sale to benefit family of murdered Broken Arrow teacher

The garage sale is back up and running Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at their home at 7000 South Chestnut Street just west of the Warren Theatre (KTUL).

A pair of middle schoolers in Broken Arrow is trying to do anything they can to help out after their teacher was shot and killed earlier this month.

Shane Anderson was a beloved geography teacher at Oneta Ridge Middle School in Broken Arrow. He was gunned down in his home on October 1st, leaving behind a wife, three kids and devastated classrooms. Now, his students are trying to heal, by helping.

This isn’t your run of the mill yard sale. Sure, you can buy a book for a dollar and prop it up with golf bag bookends for a couple more. But what you’re really doing is helping a hurting family.

“You just don’t think, like, this is going to happen to your teacher,” says Claire McDaris. “When you leave for the weekend, you’re not going to see him when you come back.”

Claire was in Anderson’s fourth hour geography class.

“It was really fun,” she says. “You were always surprised when you heard the bell. It was kind of, ‘Oh, class is over.'”

But he wasn’t there Monday, October 2nd.

“It was really overwhelming,” Claire says. “Seeing all of his stuff still there but he is not there.”

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“Thirteen-year-old girls don’t say a whole lot, sometimes,” says her mother Jamey. “But they would always talk about Mr. Anderson. They were so excited on schedule pickup to see his name on their schedule. It’s like, ‘Oh yes, we got Mr. Anderson.'”

Jamey McDaris saw her twin daughter’s grieving.

“After he died they were looking for a way to kind of process everything,” Jamey says. “And I think that there’s healing in helping.”

So, the garage/bake sale was born.

“It was right after his funeral,” Claire says. “We had the idea, my mom had the idea of trying to help his family.”

“They started baking and doing crafts,” Jamey says of her girls. “And we asked for donations from neighbors and just planned on having a little garage sale in our front yard.”

But it’s turned into much more.

“I just didn’t think the news was going to be here and all these people,” Claire says with a laugh.

It’s a community coming together for one man and one family who needs all the support they can get.

The garage sale is back up and running Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at their home at 7000 South Chestnut Street just west of the Warren Theatre.

But there’s a catch. They’re running out of things to sell. So if you’ve got something you can donate you can call Jamey at 918-809-4926.

If you can’t make it to the garage sale, there’s also a fundraising account set up for the family.

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