KAWARTHA LAKES-A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up for a beloved daycare worker who was hit by an alleged drunk driver in Oshawa on Thursday March 25th.
40 year old Mandy Sheppard was waiting for the school bus to drop off a child to Park Child Care Centre on Park Street in Oshawa at approximately 3:30 pm.
Her family says it took two police officers and 6 bystanders to move the vehicle off of her.
“This tragic nightmare happened to a beautiful, genuine, generous Mandy, while she waited for the school bus with her daycare kids to be dropped off Thursday afternoon. She has given 14 years to this daycare. These kids and families mean so much to her. I have never seen anyone have the passion and genuine love for their job as she does. She is definitely the heart and soul of this place, it’s not just a job to her.” said the Go Fund Me page set up to help her family with expenses related to the incident.
Roxanne Power one of the organizers of the campaign said Mandy was put into a medically induced coma after suffering countless injuries and has already undergone at least three surgeries.
Mandy is married and has two boys, Camren and Jackson.
In the interest of transparency, my granddaughter has attended this daycare for years and she absolutely adores Mandy. In fact Mandy was waiting for my granddaughter to be dropped off when this tragedy occurred. Mandy has been an integral part of the daycare for 14 years.
“These kids and families mean so much to her. I have never seen anyone have the passion and genuine love for their job as she does. She is definitely the heart and soul of this place, it’s not just job to her.” stated Power on the campaign page.
The driver of the pick-up truck, a 57-year-old male, of Whitby, was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance Causing Bodily Harm and Operate Conveyance 80 Milligrams or Above. He was held for a bail hearing.