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Donations roll in for 5-year-old boy killed by falling tree in Chilliwack

Last Updated Aug 25, 2020 at 9:32 pm PST

Weston Schwarzfeld (Courtesy gofundme.com/f/celebration-of-weston)

Over $20,000 has been raised to honour a five-year-old who died from his injuries when a tree fell on him

The boy was apart of an outdoor camp group hiking along the Kingfisher Trail when the tree fell on them

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Donations are pouring in to help the family of a five-year-old boy who died after a tree fell on him in Chilliwack.

Last week, an outdoor camp group was hiking along the Kingfisher Trail when the tree fell on them.

When the RCMP made it to the scene, they arrived to find five-year-old Weston Schwarzfeld dead due to his injuries. Another woman was taken to hospital but with non-life-threatening injuries.

Over the weekend, Schwarzfeld’s aunt, Martina Manley, set up a GoFundMe to raise money but donations will not be going directly to the family.

“They want everyone to know that they do not need money for expenses or anything and felt uncomfortable having a Gofundme.”

Instead, the money will be possibly be used to create a bursary or scholarship in the boy name.

“They do not have the ability to make these decisions now so you can choose to wait for those details before donating. They don’t know what they will do but know they will use the money to add joy to the world which is exactly what Weston did every day.”

Over $20,000 has been raised.

A second GoFundMe has also been created to cover the cost of a memorial for Schwarzfeld and counselling services for the students and teachers present when the incident occurred. This GoFundMe has raised over $2,000.