Nearly 800 people gathered at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School in Forest Grove Saturday, July 1, for the second Love Rocks Run honoring two sisters who spread love and joy.
On Oct. 20, 2013, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson "went to heaven," as their parents, Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson, like to say. The girls left behind a legacy of love, joy and compassion — and a particular craft that expressed those feelings: Love Rocks, small smooth stones onto which colorful fabric hearts have been decoupaged. New rocks have been created and spread all over the world in honor of the sisters.
A total count of proceeds from this year's event was not available by press time, but the funds will be distributed to the Western Washington County Firefighters Association, the Forest Grove School District's backpack and summer food programs, the Closet Green clothing closet sponsored by Sonrise Church in Forest Grove and the Temporary Emergency Shelter in western Washington County.
"I have no doubt my girls were smiling in heaven on Saturday," Dieter-Robinson said Sunday, "but I bet they smile every day at all the love and joy that is shared by this great community."