GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) -- A Geneva family is facing one of life's hardest challenges, losing a child. Now the community is coming together to ease some of the burdens for the family of Christa Screws.
Living Water Family Worship Center and Geneva City Schools are partnering to sell bracelets, in memory of Christa Screws. All of the funds collected will go straight to the Screws family, to help with any financial needs during this time.
Christa Screws tragically lost her life on September 1st. She was 6 years old and a 1st grader at Mulkey Elementary.
"Christa was one of the purest souls I've ever got to know, running around here, believed in God, had faith that I wish I could have. Just a wonderful, wonderful kid," said Zachary Dodson, the Pastor at Living Water Family Worship.
The church Christa attended every Sunday came up with an idea to not only remember her life but, also help her family by selling memory bracelets.
"It's a financial burden whenever you're just in a place where you can't go back to work and we can all understand that. We just wanted to lift the burden off their shoulders of what we can. They're going through something that we cant fix but if we can just ease that burden then we've done our job," Pastor's wife, Sara Dodson said.
Christa's memory continues to live on through the bracelets, not only through her friends and family but her classmates as well.
Geneva City Schools has joined the church's efforts to help the Screws family.
"We're so glad to do this, Christa was a phenomenal student and were deeply missing her. She was a bubbly student and we wanted to help remember Christa and her legacy by selling the bracelets," Mulkey Elementary Principal, Jami Seay said.
The bracelets have sold faster than the church ever thought..... selling the first 250 in just 3 days. An additional order has now been placed as the community support has been overwhelming.
"But it's really important that the community comes together the way they have it kind of eases it. You may not have gone through it yourself but for them and there situation know that there's somebody thinking about them and praying for them, possibly could ease it a little easier," Pastor Zachary Dodson said.
Bracelets are still being sold for $3 each. The church has already raised $600 for the Screws family.
There will also be a benefit October 5th at 5:30pm at Shady Grove Assembly of God Church, where part of the funds will go to the Screws family.