Community Comes Together For Jessica Heeringa

Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-30 19:55:25-04

NORTON SHORES, Mich. – Family of missing mother, Jessica Heeringa have set up a post in Norton Shores where hundreds of people have stopped by offering food, condolences and their time.

Heeringa was working at the Exxon Gas station in Norton Shores when she vanished, leaving behind all of her belongings and a 3-year-old son. Police have ruled her disappearance an abduction, and as for her family, as hard as it’s been waiting to hear information that could lead them to finding her, they said the support  from the community has been incredible.

“It helps so much,” said Diane Homrich, Heeringa’s grandmother. “To know that we have their support so we know we’re just not out here alone.”

Homrich said at least 200 people stopped by on Tuesday, April 29, to offer help, many of which volunteered to pass out flyers throughout West Michigan.

“If I can do something, hey, that’s what it’s all about,” said Henry Braspenning, a volunteer. “We’re suppose to help our fellow-man.”

Businesses have also been stepping up for the family. Theresa Davis and her husband own The Red Tomato, a pizza shop located nearby.

“We just went through our own family difficulty. I know first-hand how important it is to have support of family, friends and the outreach of strangers who helped us,” Davis said. “So I’m hoping to pay it forward, so to say, for them.”

Heeringa’s family has put up their post in a parking lot in front of a State Farm Insurance agency. They said the stores owner, Ryan Wilson has also offered to help. He has given the family access to a refrigerator, rest facilities and a conference room.

“It’s scary that it happened so close to our community,” Wilson said. “We all need to come together and try to help.

Homrich said she welcomes anyone who wants to stop by.

“Sometimes they stop by and give you a hug. That’s very welcome too,” Homrich said.

However, there is one more thing she’d like to ask of the community.

“Don’t forget us. Don’t forget Jessie.”