ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Friday night, the community is coming together to celebrate the life of a woman lost too soon.
Brittany Kerfoot was one of three people killed in a plane crash in January. In honor of Kerfoot's 31st birthday, her sister, Natasha Golden, is putting together a birthday bash.
It's a weekend full of events for the whole community at Chehaw Park, to raise money for her foundation, and and playground improvements.
On January 30th of this year, a small plane carrying three people left the Southwest Georgia Regional airport. That plane never returned. It crashed, leaving all three passengers dead. One of them was 30-year old Brittany Kerfoot.
"Today would have been her 31st birthday," said her sister, tearfully.
Now her sister is doing what she can to continue Brittany's legacy. "I want to continue her legacy and do what she would want me to do and that is help children," Golden said.
She says Kerfoot's calling was teaching. "Children were her passion. The family unit as a whole was such a huge deal to Brittany."
Kerfoot had no kids of her own; her students were her family. "She said well sissy maybe I'm not supposed to have kids of my own. I want to be here for these kids and as long as I can I'm going to do it."
Most recently she had been a teacher at Lake Park Elementary. Every year she would take her students to Chehaw Park. They would spend time visiting the park but often times it was the playground that caught Kerfoot's attention.
"We grew up going to Chehaw and recently she had noticed that the playground needed some repair so after she passed away, and we sat there and thought about it. We said that would be perfect. Let's renovate Chehaw's playground."
And that is what they are going to do. In honor of Kerfoot's 31st birthday, her sister is putting together a birthday bash; a weekend full of events for the whole community at Chehaw Park to raise money for her foundation, and playground improvements.
"She loved concerts and she loved children and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate her birthday and to celebrate her."
It starts with a concert at the park. Doors open at 6:00.
The Mac George Band will play at 7:00, followed by Nashville Recording Artist Josh Thompson and DJ Jazzy Joe. It will continue tomorrow with a family day. There will be bouncy houses and music as well as food and craft vendors.
Admission for adults will be $10, and In honor of her love of children, all kids are free