In My Daughters' Name - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

In My Daughters' Name

By Crystal Price - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - It started as a series of garage sales for Donna Johnson.

"I've open my shop for the third time today," says Johnson. "It's taking so long to get everything priced and organized.

Now Johnson has taken all of her merchandise and turned it into a resale shop in Sulphur.

"People will bring all of their unused items to me, and then I'll resale them," says Johnson. 

But this store is not just any resale shop.

"It's going to be called, 'In My Daughters' Name,'" says Johnson.

But rather it is a shop in honor of two very special girls.

On July 13, 2001, 25-year old Shanna Shields and 21-year old Johnie Quebodeaux died in a small plane crash in Carterville, Missouri.

On board also were Donna's husband J. J. Johnson, and Shanna's husband William Shields.

All 4 died in the crash.

"They were on the way to Joplin to see me," says Johnson. "It was devastating."

Now nearly 9 years later, Donna feels her calling is to do what her daughters would be doing today.

"Doing good things for other people is what  they loved to do," says Johnson. "They both worked for apartment complexes and loved helping people. It just inspired me to continue doing things in their name."

All of the profits from the resale shop will go to help single moms and their children with utility bills and food.

"It's a great healing process to help other people through them," says Johnson. "That's why I have their pictures up in the store. That's also why I call it, 'In My Daughter's Name.' It keeps their memory alive."

As the resale shop is an investment in doing great things in memory of the great people Johnson will never forget.

The resale is shop is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 100 Advent Street in Sulphur, Louisiana.

If you would like to donate items to the shop, you can call Johnson at (337) 309-0794 or drop them off at the shop.

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