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WEST JORDAN — A yard sale to benefit the family of Sierra Newbold brought a grieving community a little closer Saturday.
Myndi Hurst along with her co-workers at Sizzler restaurant hosted the event, which drew shoppers not only looking for bargains but wanting to help the family. Hurst works with Sierra's older sister, Aubrey, at Sizzler in West Jordan.
Melissa Carter, of Taylorsville, bought clothes, movies and a towel rack "just to help give some money to the family."
Six-year-old Sierra's body was found in a canal near her West Jordan home on June 25. An autopsy indicated she had been sexually assaulted. Police have not commented on a possible cause of death and have not made an arrest or named any suspects.
Kearns resident Brendon Dickey was driving his stepson to work when he said something pulled him toward the yard covered with clothes, toys, books and household items. He didn't know it was a fundraiser for Sierra's family. He said he got "goose bumps and chills" when he found out.
"People are important," he said. "When people come together and help each other, that's really important."
Dickey bought a lawn mower that needed a new pull cord.
The daylong yard sale had raised more than $4,000.