UPDATE: A fundraising effort by a group called Ride to Give has raised almost $50,000 for the Haire family. You can view its progress and read more about the medical outlook for Brooke Haire at fundrazr.com The Ride to Give fundraiser for the Haires will end after Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
Friends of a North Carolina family who are originally from Bainbridge are outpouring support and prayers after a bad vehicle accident claimed the life of their infant daughter and critically injured their four-year-old daughter.
The family involved is Cristen and Dustin Haire. The accident happened in Kannapolis, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte, at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.
Cristen and the couple’s two daughters were in the car when the accident happened. Aubrey Paige Haire, just 8 months old, passed away following the accident. Four-year-old Brooke Kaydence Haire was critically injured in the accident and is being treated at the Levine Children’s Hospital, a part of Carolina Healthcare in Charlotte.
After hearing about the accident, the Haires’ friends in Bainbridge began praying for the family and not long after, they thought about what they could do to help the family from Georgia. Dustin Haire’s father, Greg Haire, is with the family in Charlotte.
In addition to thoughts and prayers, Cristen and Dustin Haire will also need help with the difficult task of preparing for their baby’s funeral and help with paying for the medical costs of their four-year-old daughter, said Casey Alday, one of the friends who is organizing fundraisers.
A GoFundMe online fundraising account has been set up to allow people to donate to the Haires. Messages of support can also be left at the page.
There is also a Facebook page, called Prayers for the Haire Family, that has been set up to inform friends, family and others who are concerned about what is going on. The page is also listing several fundraisers that are going on or are planned for the near future.
Casey Alday and Chelsy Trawick are selling pink and purple ribbons (Brooke Haire’s favorite colors) out of Alday’s photography studio on Clarke Street in downtown Bainbridge. The ribbons are $8 each and proceeds after the cost of materials go to the Haires. Alday said Thursday that approximately 70-80 bows have been sold so far, and more than $5,300 has been raised on the GoFundMe website.
Rachel Lanier is donating the proceeds from her sale of Jamberry nail wraps to the Haires. The Web address for that fundraiser is rachellanier.jamberrynails.net or you can email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A men’s softball tournament to raise money for the Haires is being scheduled for Nov. 8 at the Bill Reynolds Sports Park in Bainbridge.
Here is the information on the softball tournament:
Swing for Aubrey and Brooke Men’s SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Where:Bainbridge, GA @Bill Reynolds Sport Complex
Bat Info: All sanctioned bats, no ultras or titanium.
Ball info: any .44 core ball up to 575 compression
Tournament info: 150 entry fee per team 1-1 count when you come up to bat homeruns are 5-10 low bid 1st place gets trophy and shirts All money raised goes to the family So plz lets help a family in need contact Travis McCann at 229-726-6364 for any questions