Nonprofit displaying appreciation for Calera women elevating cash

CALERA, Ala. (WBRC) – A heartwarming update on a story we follow. Community members work together to show their appreciation two young girls in Calera who are collecting money to pay for expenses after the fatal motorway accident in June.

We introduced you to 8 year old Maggie and Jamison, who are behind the fundraiser. The girls wanted to give something back after that tragic I-65 accident that killed 8 children aboard the Tallapoosa County Girls’ Ranch Van. The duo have been selling soda for the past week and are selling the last large batch of soda at Calera’s First Friday event.

They wanted to raise $ 200 – now it’s a few thousand.

Founder of the Shelby County’s Bikes 4 Kids nonprofit heard about the girls’ efforts and wanted to show his appreciation. Charlie Bradford’s family was affected by this devastating accident. His nonprofit makes custom bikes for kids for free, and today he surprised the girls with a $ 100 donation and news that he would build them two custom lemonade-themed bikes.

“My son had a friend who was killed in the crash. She was one of the older girls, “said Charlie Bradford, founder of Bikes 4 Kids, Inc.” Then when I read about what the girls were doing, I thought it was great. They do what I did – they try to help as best they can. “

The girls will start designing the new bikes next week. If you are a business owner and want to donate for bike assembly, contact Bikes 4 Kids, Inc.

If you’d like to donate to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch fundraiser, please contact Go Fund Me account.

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Jamie Mathis: Revisiting ‘The Shining’ provides to appreciation | Options/Leisure

It’s difficult to revisit Stephen King’s “The Shining” without raising Jack Nicholson’s ominously raised eyebrows and the famous ad-libbed line “Here’s Johnny!” Imagine. In Stanley Kubrick’s film, but after a third reading, I realized how cleverly King King used horror as a metaphor for addiction and its consequences, especially for families.

A struggling writer and alcoholic with a history of abuse, a description that reflects King’s own life, loses his job at a highly regarded New England prep school for boys. Jack Torrance is recommended by a former drinking buddy (also headmaster at this school) as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the off-season. The off-season is an excruciating six months of extreme winter weather in the Colorado Rockies. With the cautious but hopeful Mrs. Wendy – a stark contrast to Shelley Duvall’s mouse-soft portrayal at the abusive request of Kubrick – and the clairvoyant son Danny, the Torrance family soon found themselves in the large hotel lobby at the turn of the century.

Just before and during the trip from New England to Colorado, Danny saw visions in the form of warnings from an older and trusted imaginary friend, Tony. What could possibly go wrong?

The Torrance family is viewed upon arrival by Dick Hallorann, Overlook’s head chef, who is on his way to a Floridian resort. Dick has skills similar to Danny – “shiny,” as Dick’s grandmother calls it – that give Danny some wisdom about the creepiness of the Overlook.

After a few weeks of supernatural events and impending winter weather, Jack’s delusions and paranoia (if he could just have a drink) are felt, and Wendy and Danny become increasingly vulnerable to Jack’s outbursts. The literal and metaphorical “demons” Jack, Wendy and Danny are manifestations of the many guests of the Overlook, who – like the previous caretaker and his family – have often experienced disruptive fates and give the Torrances and the reader the impression that one cannot easily do check out the Overlook Hotel.

I urge anyone who happens to be fans of Kubrick’s version, or the psychological horror genre in general, to read King’s novel to gain a better understanding of the source material and perhaps learn something that goes beyond the limits of horror. Both King and Kubrick’s The Shining can be checked out in the Briggs Lawrence Co. public library. Be sure to search the library catalog or call your branch for more information.

Jamie Mathis is a librarian at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library.