JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday, well wishers gathered at the Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home to honor 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.
Earlier in the day, First Coast News caught up with a woman who is starting a grassroots movement by creating window clings to honor Cherish.
"Oh my! Beautiful!" Cindy George exclaimed as she walked down one of the main aisles inside the sanctuary of Paxon Revival Church Center Wednesday morning.
The church's pastor said Cherish Perrywinkle used to walk down those aisles. In George's hands was a token bearing the child's name. It was something George said is close to her heart.
"Well, because she was an 8-year-old child that didn't deserve this to happen to her," George said.
Registered sexual offender Donald Smith, the man accused of abducting and killing Cherish Perrywinkle, appeared in court Wednesday morning. The State Attorney's Office spokesperson said, if convicted, Smith could face the death penalty.
Cherish's body was found in late June, which was a turning point for George.
"I decided to have window clings made that go on cars throughout the county, city, nationwide," she said.
She is giving the window clings away for free. The mother of three and grandmother of 9 said she spends hundreds of dollars of her own money and she said Cherish's father, Billy Jarreau, also helps.
George said there is a message behind the message.
"I want the laws changed," she said. "I want our sex offenders ... to keep them in prison. Or to keep a closer watch on them."
Steve Dobbs, senior pastor at Paxon Revival Center Church, said Cherish attended the church.
Now, he said the church is morally supporting George and her window clings.
"It's all about love," Dobbs said. "I don't get into politics. You never see me on a stage of politics. But, when they mess with our children, it's our future. That we need to get involved and do something."
George said she is doing something, one window cling at a time.
First Coast News