A day after 17-year-old Kelsey Stoneton’s death, a community group had already raised thousands to support her family with more on the way.

The Winthrop High School junior’s death generated a flurry of activity on social media by Sunday afternoon, when nearly $5,500 of a $10,000 goal had been raised online to aid Stoneton’s family.

Stoneton, a field hockey standout and the daughter of Joel Stoneton, athletic director and dean of students at Winthrop’s high and middle schools, died early Saturday of a pulmonary embolism, her mother, Kimberly, wrote on Facebook.

Also on Sunday, the Red Barn, a seafood restaurant on Augusta’s Riverside Drive, announced a Thursday fundraiser for the Stoneton family. From 4 to 8 p.m., 50 percent of all sales there will go to the family, said Alicia Barnes, the restaurant’s social media manager.

Julie Moore of Winthrop, who organized the online fundraiser, also said 92 Moose, an Augusta radio station, will promote the fundraisers on the air this week.

Moore, whose family are friends with the Stonetons, said she got the same question from many in the community after Kelsey’s death: “What can I do to help?”

“Everyone needs to feel like they’re doing something, and that’s the reason I did this,” Moore said.

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