Neighbors who want to help the family of James Norris can help their homes smell great at the same time. Former Racine resident Ashley Knight will donate 100 percent of her commissions on sales of Scentsy products through April 27.

Norris, 37, was gunned down last month in the 3900 block of Green Street while he made a delivery for the Steak and Lemonade restaurant.

Wadewitz teacher Krista Straka and Knight are former co-workers who have kept in touch. Straka and Knight originally planned a Scentsy fundraiser to help buy tablets for Straka’s special needs kindergarten and 1st grade classroom where Norris’ son, Christopher, is a student. After Norris’ death, Straka asked Knight instead if she would earmark the funds for Norris’ family.

“I’m happy to help,” Knight said.

Her commission is 25 percent up to sales of $2,000 and then 30 percent for amounts greater than $2,000. Knight is donating her entire commission for sales generated through this Scentsy fundraiser.

Straka said Norris’ wife, Stacy Brevins, is grateful for the outpouring of support her family continues to receive.

“She just assumed she’d have to do everything on her own so for the support that keeps coming her way, she’s just really thankful,” Straka said. “Stacy really can’t believe how our community has come together for her and continues to be there for her and her kids.”

Several additional community organizations – including Koos for Kids – are also pitching in, Straka added, and she is helping organize a spaghetti dinner fundraiser scheduled for May 22.

To browse Scentsy products and make a purchase for the Norris fundraiser, visit When you check out, the site will ask you for a party so be sure you choose “Norris Family Fundraiser.”

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