HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A Huntsville mother who just lost her 6-year-old daughter is preparing for the holidays.
Akayla Tabor was struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween night. It happened as she was walking to a church trick-or-treat celebration. Now, as the family picks up the pieces, a local salon is lending a helping hand.
"I haven't been able to go to that spot, I'll go all the way through my neighborhood to avoid that spot," said Rachael Tabor.
Tabor is trying to find normalcy.
"It's been difficult. The first two days I didn't take off the shirt that she passed away in, I just slept in it," said Tabor.
Rachel told WHNT News 19 Akayla was the perfect kid. She had a bubbly personality, and was always putting on a show for others.
"She just liked to be wild and crazy and do her own thing," Tabor said.
Tabor is a client at Emergency Brow and Boutique. When the owners heard what happened, they wanted to help.
This Friday and Saturday the salon is donating 50 percent of the money it earns in services to the family. The salon is also accepting other donations.
"Monetary donations, if people would like to donate counseling services for the family, care packages, whatever you think the family may need during this time, to help them get back to work and school," owner Erieka Worley explained.
While Rachel and her family could use a helping hand, she wants to help others remember to cherish their loved ones.
"No matter anger, frustration, whatever, upon departure wherever they're going to, the school, the movies, wherever they're going, say I love you. Let that be the last thing they hear from you," Tabor pleaded.
For Rachel, knowing it's the last thing Akalya heard from her means the world.
You can take donations to Emergency Brow and Lash Boutique. It's located at 2601 Leeman Ferry Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. If you can't make it, there's GoFundMe page set up so that you can make donations online.