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Winter gear honors memorial of Penn Manor student

Marianne Caesar
Features Editor

A community joined together for it’s second year in celebrating and honoring the life of Penn Manor High School student Gregory Frey. Beginning its second annual Gregory Frey Memorial Drive on October 24, 2015, kicking off at Millersville’s Homecoming parade.

Frey passed away on his 17th birthday and the Gregory Frey Memorial Drive was created in his honor.
Frey passed away on his 17th birthday and the Gregory Frey Memorial Drive was created in his honor. (photo courtesy of PennPoints.net)

During the parade, winter clothing and accessories to stay warm were collected and were also available for placement through collection boxes throughout the Millersville community.

“Collection locations include George Street Café, First United Methodist Church, Joe’s Shoe Service, Millersville Mart, Grace Methodist Church (Frederick Street), Millersville University’s Student Memorial Center, Lebzelters, John Herr’s Market, Billie Jean’s, Millersville Borough office and Stepping Stones Preschool,” said Seiple.

Continuing until November 14, 2015, the drive was started by crossing guard Sarah Wittensoldner and her friend Charlee Seiple, a crossing guard for Penn Manor’s elementary and middle schools. Wittensoldner came up with the idea in relation to the warmth of Frey’s personality.

“Frey passed away while on a fishing trip for his 17 birthday, when he fell ill and what started as a walk for fresh air led to being found in a pond with attempts of revival failing,” according to Seiple.

While this loss hit home for the Penn Manor community, there was a large sense of pride and honor toward Frey seen through the wearing of orange shirts and bracelets in his honor, with proceeds of bracelets benefitting the Humane League in honor of Frey desire to become a veterinarian.

“All new or gently used goods will be shared with those in need at the First United Methodist Church at 121 George Street on November 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Seiple.

Any remaining donations will be given then to the Lancaster County Council of Churches for further distribution. While his death on September 22, 2013 created a loss of opportunities and advancement, the memory of Frey is forever honored in the Gregory Frey Memorial One Warm Coat Drive.