By Leila Dycus staff writer
One Morgan County family is taking the death of their relative and using it to bring awareness and hope to area students- last weekend the BAY Foundation provided kids with school supplies. “There are a lot of unfortunate people out here,” said Wayne Brown’s sister and Vice Present of BAY Shalisha Sanders. “We couldn’t supply everything but we wanted to supply some of it.” BAY Foundation, or Being Aware of Yourself, was founded when Wayne Brown passed away of a heart attack while playing basketball. The organization has been raising money for a scholarship fund.
BAY has hosted a Krispy Kreme donut sale, where they raised over $1,200, a multifamily yard sale and a fish fry. Saturday’s rally was a chance for the BAY Foundation to give back to the community for all that they have given to them and to give to those who are less fortunate. School supplies were given to any student primary school on up to college.
The event served about 150 people. “We had several people come and say thank you, and some of them mentioned they didn’t know how they were going to get their school supplies for their kids,” said Brown’s fiancé Edmetris Moore. Walmart, No Limit Bike Club and Dr. Shawna Woodruf donated the supplies for the BAY Foundation to give away.
Families made their way to the Morgan County Middle School parking lot in front of the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club. Once their kids were given backpacks and school supplies as well as hotdogs, drinks, popcorn and cotton candy. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The BAY Foundation strives to bring awareness to people about the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke. “I enjoyed the look on the kids faces, some of them were just so excited to get a book bag,” said Moore.
Many of the children that were served had book bags that were falling apart. Their faces lit up as they realized they were being given new book bags for the coming school year. For more information about how to get involved with the BAY Foundation please visit their Facebook page. “We really want to give back, we’ve had so many functions where people have donated and helped us out and it’s time now for us to be able to give back,” said Moore.