Snowset over Woronofski Island.
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Wrangell businesses and residents are rallying to support the family of Randy Churchill Jr., who was tragically killed in a tree-cutting accident on February 22

On Sunday (February 26), local fast food joint J&W’s will hold a benefit day. The restaurant announced it plans to donate all proceeds to Churchill Jr.’s wife Celsee and children Randy III, Della and Titan. 

Before current owners Rissa and Josh Young purchased the restaurant, J&W’s was founded, owned and operated for more than three decades by Churchill Jr.’s parents, Carol and Randy Sr. 

The “Randy,” a chicken burger with swiss cheese, bacon and tartar sauce served at J&W’s, was named after Churchill Jr. He developed the combination while in high school

The Youngs noted in their post that they expect to be extremely busy during the Sunday opening, and asked for patience from the community. They’ll be serving burgers from 11:30 to 2:30 Sunday (February 26).

Beyond financial help, local bakery owners Shawna Buness and Devyn Johnson have also started a meal train for the Churchill family. Donated meals can be dropped off at Sweet Tides bakery at 310 Front Street, and Buness is helping to coordinate transporting the food to the 20 members of Churchill’s extended family. 

Find a link to the meal train here.

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