Family of girl killed in freak accident fulfilling her wish

Natalie Fossier
Natalie Fossier

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - Some people across the Tri-state seeking shelter from brutally cold temperatures got some extra help Thursday night, thanks to the family of a special little girl.

The help is in the form of a warm meal - an unexpected gift for the people who've came to the cold shelter in Over The Rhine to escape the biting, bitter cold outside.

The Fossier family is served the meal in memory of their 9-year-old daughter, who died during a winter storm in 2007.

"Sometimes it seems like just yesterday she was here, and other times it seems like I haven't seen her in a long time," said Melissa Fossier, Natalie's mother.

Melissa can remember every second of the moment she found out her daughter died.

A tree branch hit the nine year old while she walked her dog during the 2007 February ice storm.

"A few days after she died I was looking through her journal and I read in there that she wanted to help orphanages and nursing homes and the homeless," said Melissa.

So on one of the coldest nights of this year, Melissa's honoring the daughter, who's picture will never leave her work station at her Loveland salon.

Melissa used money from the foundation in Natalie's name to buy food from the Eastgate Chick-fil-A.

"We think everybody should be treated with honor, dignity, and respect, and the fact that someone would honor us in participating us, putting our name in to that, makes us feel very proud to be part of the community," said Tom Sutton with Chick-fil-A.

"That's what it's all about is helping people. That's what Natalie was all about, and I just need to continue her good works," said Melissa.

Melissa knows in her heart that she is.

Natalie's foundation has raised more than $70,000 for projects in the community.