When Tamra Foor’s two preteen daughters were killed in a head-on crash Aug. 5, her friends needed to help.
They didn’t want her to worry about money, funeral expenses or the stress of everyday life as she recovered from a broken back and grieved.
They arranged fundraisers, including an online auction, for which they are still accepting items.
“Life has a way of sometimes ripping the rug right out from underneath you, leaving you breathless and struggling to accept the harsh reality of the fragility of life,” reads a flier handed out to families in Tolleson and friends of the Foor girls.
At about 4:23 p.m. Aug. 5, a person was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck north on El Mirage Road when he or she failed to brake for a stop sign and collided with Tamra’s car. Tamra was returning from her parents’ house, driving east on Southern Avenue, according to Sgt. Calbert Gillett of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
A Shasta Pools processor, Tamra was injured, but her daughters, Tanner and Charlee, died as a result of the crash. The Silverado’s driver wasn’t injured, Gillett said.
Impairment is not suspected, but the case is pending further investigation, Gillett added.
“Tamra, Tanner and Charlee were inseparable,” said Karen Haggard, with the Odyssey 4-H, of which the girls were members.
“The girls were the center of Tamra’s world. ‘Beautiful, tough and full of life’ fall short of accurately describing the lives that have been taken.”
Like their mother, grandparents and uncle, they had a special love for horses. They raised dairy goats to show as part of 4-H, a club they were involved in for five years. They started as Cloverbuds, which is the 4-H group for 5- to 8-year-old children.
“They showed small stock and they were showing dairy goats,” Haggard said. “They actually even kept their project this past year. They successfully bred their dairy goats and had babies. They were raising them themselves as part of their herd.”
Tanner was 12 years old; she would have turned 13 on Sept. 3. Described as a tomboy, Tanner just started seventh grade at Country Place Elementary School. She was a reporter for her 4-H club and was planning on running for secretary this year. She was active in softball, loved to paint and played piano. She was hoping to start barrel racing soon.
Charlee died just short of her 11th birthday, Aug. 7. She was a sixth grader at Country Place Elementary School and was described as extremely caring. An avid Harry Potter fan, she was being tutored by Tanner in softball. Charlee played piano and was hoping to learn to play the cello.
Haggard and other friends of the Foor family and Tamra’s fiancé Josh Briningstool have organized the Foor the Girls Benefit Auction Facebook page, which will provide information about a benefit auction to raise money for funeral and medical expenses.
The organizers are accepting auction item donations via email at email@example.com for items/services of a minimum of $250 value until Thursday, Aug. 20. The auction will go live Friday, Aug. 21, and close at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. They are also accepting donations through Venmo at FoorThe-Girls.
Jeff Maynard of Virtual Stock Show has agreed to help with the auction and include a link on his website. He will monitor the bidding process, and on Aug. 28 he will give the organizers the list of winners and their contact information.
“God’s leading people in the right direction,” Haggard said. “With all the calls and donations, it’s amazing what the community does for a family in need. I don’t know what we can do but show her the love we can.”
“The family is a long-time Tolleson family and they’re very involved in their community. Tamra and her brother, Nathaniel, are just really good people. Tamra was supermom not only being a hard-working single mom—until she met Josh—but she was always at the school at every opportunity to volunteer. Those girls are a reflection of their mother—the way they could multitask and work hard and diligently and be responsible at such a young age.”