Abby Strong Day

One local community shows its unity and compassion by supporting a little girl with leukemia who is spreading the word about the importance of donating blood. Abby Usher has learned what it means to be the recipient of donated blood because of chemotherapy. And, according to Abby’s dad, Jeff Usher, she was inspired to help others because of the way her experience with a blood transfusion made her feel. In honor of Abby Usher, Anytime Fireworks hosted Abby Strong Day, today. The event was a fundraiser for Abby and her family to help with the mounting expense of her battle with leukemia and a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross named the drive the Compassion Blood Drive and accepted all blood types at their Blood Mobile. American Red Cross representative, Donna Brittain, says that Abby is an inspiration for the cause of giving blood. Anytime Fireworks teamed up with the Angel Volunteer Fire Department, Gamecock Jewelry & Pawn to sell BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks at the event. Abby and her mom supplied the lemonade, cookies, and brownies. Anytime Fireworks Owner and Operator, Ginger Bunn, says the cooperation and participation she experienced today was exactly what they hoped would happen. They helped to organize the event around Independence Day because of the increase in the flow of customers at the store due to the upcoming holiday. Abby's family added that this was an incredible and humbling experience for them and her dad says that Abby is becoming more like herself every day. Abby plans to return to school the first of next year.

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