Aiken residents make survival bracelets as fundraiser
Crawford and Hallie Anderson are known more for their success in the show ring, but the two young horsemen and Aiken residents knew they had to do something for their friend and fellow equestrian Ashlyn Bell, when she sustained serious injuries in a riding accident. However, it was another family member who also became involved when he heard the untoward news about his brother and sister’s friend. Loughlin Anderson, doesn’t participate in equestrian sport, but is involved in the Boy Scouts, and when he heard of the incident, he took action.
Loughlin, who makes survival bracelets, enlisted the help of his brother and sister, and began making the jewelry made from paracord to be sold to help raise funds in an effort to defray the medical expenses being accumulated by Bell, while she is hospitalized. The siblings paid for the materials to make the bracelets, and all the proceeds from the sales will go to Bell as she recovers from her injuries. But, this type of altruism isn’t anything new for Loughlin, who has made the bracelets previously to raise money to benefit the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, said Crawford.
“We’ve always loved Ashlyn, and we realized she needed help,” said Crawford. “We thought, what better way to do it, then to have people give donations and get a little bracelet in return. And, if everyone sees the bracelet they’ll think of her.”
The bracelets are green and blue, Bell’s favorite color, and it’s the hope of the Andersons that people will donate, wear the bracelets and show their support.
“Hallie typically deals with Ashlyn, much more than I do, because she’s a hunter person,” said Crawford. “Ashlyn has always gone out of her way to be super nice to us. She loves Hallie and Pippin or Matriatchy de Cluis. She’s a big fan of his.”
The bracelets are $5 each, but people can donate more, and they are available at the Progressive Show Jumping office, the Show Day Cafe concession or at the Oak Manor Saddlery trailer.