CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County resident and teacher Vonettia Calloway has written a children’s coloring book honoring the children who were killed in a fire along Glass Road last year.
“To have a source of hope, something to inspire you to just be bigger, to do better, to try harder. It came to mind and even with their loss it is beyond them,” he said. she declared.
Calloway recently unveiled the coloring book, filled with pages of fond memories of fire victims, focusing on the stories of three children who died.
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The book “My Color is Coconut” brings the true story of Aniyah, Julian and Ariabella Seaborne to life. Calloway said it also highlights the lives of biracial and blended families.
“They watch over their mom and dad and I hope they remember that. I think that’s why they were perfect. They were handpicked to go to heaven as babies,” a Calloway said.
The book tells the story of a little girl who thinks she’s a princess. The book is told from Aniyah’s point of view. Calloway added a memory she has of Aniyah saying her skin tone is coconut because it’s not a specific skin tone.
“She’s a coconut and she talks about that and all the little adventures she and her brother have had together. Like eating Oreos for breakfast, I thought that was super cute, that’s why this is history,” Calloway said.
On April 16, 2021, Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Crews responded to a house fire on Glass Road. Several people were trapped inside and others were rescued from second story windows. Neighbors told 8News they witnessed the desperate race of firefighters to save them that day.
“I saw them carry one of the kids out the front door and lay them out in the front yard and give them CPR and it’s just…it was really hard to take,” Claudia said. Kepner.
Four children, including Aniyah, Julian and Ariabella Seaborne, and two adults died in the fire.
As grief pushes Calloway forward, she helps the family come to terms with their tragic loss.
“I am a mom. My baby is graduating tomorrow and I can’t imagine not having them with me,” she said.
Calloway said the books are available on Amazon.com. She eventually wants to donate the books through her non-profit organization that offers bereavement counseling to families. Its goal is to sell 150,000 copies as part of the proceeds will benefit the Seaborne Family Memorial Fund.