SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) – The Elvis Family prepares to hold a new event at Peachtree Landing on the two-year anniversary of 20-year-old Heather Elvis' disappearance.
The next couple of weeks, is understandably a tough for the Elvis family. December 17 is the anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter, followed by Christmas.
However, this year, the family has a new found hope.
Leaves may be falling on Heather's Garden, but her family's efforts to find her are still spinning. Peach Tree Landing is the place Heather's car was found, with her things inside.
Even though there were no further traces of Heather, her family wants the Socastee landing to be a place of peace.
Since Heather's disappearance in December of 2013, the landing has become a memorial for several more people, one being a Coastal Carolina student who was killed in a car accident last year around Christmas. It was last year that the Elvis family says they saw the vigil take a whole new form before their eyes.
No longer was it solely about Heather. The family says instead it held a new sense of community and togetherness.
After realizing this, the Elvis family, especially Heather's younger sister Morgan, plans for this Friday to be no ordinary vigil. Instead it will mark the first of many H.E.L.P.P. events.
"Help" with two P's stands for hope, encouragement, love, purpose, and perseverance.
Even though the Elvis family sometimes loses sight of these five concepts, they want this event to serve as something bigger than what they go through every day in hopes it will restore their faith, and help the community at the same time.
Heather's mother, Debbi Elvis tells WMBF News the family wants this event to be for anyone who has a tough time through the holidays, people who can't be with their loved ones whether they be overseas, somewhere else, have passed away, or are missing like Heather.
The event is this Friday night at Peachtree Landing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.