Welder's big day helps gun victim
Gaston welder Brady Sheets raised nearly $2,000 Saturday for a fellow Yamhill resident, David Trivelpiece, who was shot in the neck last month while trying to stop a scuffle between two men in Yamill.
He also hosted an official grand opening for his business, Western Ironworks, housed in the former Gaston Feed building on Main Street.
Sheets, a Yamhill resident in his 20s, opened his doors in September but hadn't officially announced his business to the community. The Dec. 2 festivities included hot cocoa and cookies, Christmas gift displays and special deals.
"It went really well — better than I expected," Sheets said. "It was good to see everyone gathered together and talking about David."
Sheets is a welder and artist who not only repairs wheels, hinges and other broken metal parts but also creates decorative wall hangings and gates and signs. He also sells all manner of welding supplies and takes custom orders.
"He seems like a really nice guy," said Sheets, who doesn't know Trivelpiece well but hopes the money will help with medical bills and other expenses. "I just hope someone would do the same for me."
Sheets donated 10 percent of all Saturday sales and custom Christmas orders placed during the event. He's also selling raffle tickets for a custom-made coat rack until Dec. 15. All raffle ticket proceeds will go to help Trivelpiece.
To buy a raffle ticket, call 503-431-1606 and pay over the phone or mail a check to PO Box 535, Gaston OR, 97119. Or stop by the shop, 102 Onion Lane, during business hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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