PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Our Gulf Coast Angels, a non-profit based in Moss Point, is selling “Justice 4 AvaLynn” T-shirts as an anti-bullying fundraiser, according to the group’s Facebook pages as well as the Justice For AvaLynn Facebook page.
AvaLynn Harris, a 5-year-old kindergartner, was injured at Arlington Elementary on Aug. 26 in what the Pascagoula Police Department and the Pascagoula School District called a playground accident with no other children.
Lacey Harris, AvaLynn’s mother, filed a police report on Aug. 28 and has said the child was kicked by another student, causing her to fall off the slide.
The story has garnered international attention.
“OSGA is wanting to help raise anti-bullying awareness in Jackson County, MS,” the group says on the event page where you can purchase the shirts. “Bullying needs to stop and we – parents, family and friends of all those who are bullied, are their voices.
“By purchasing a shirt, you are spreading awareness and all proceeds will be donated to AvaLynn and her family and Angels and Doves, a non-profit and bullying organization, in honor of AvaLynn and all children that are bullied.”
The logo includes the drawing of a sun and a horse – AvaLynn enjoys My Little Pony – with the wording “Children should be carefree playing in the sun not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”
Updates on AvaLynn’s condition on the Justice For AvaLynn Facebook page said “she is doing better” and that is all the family attorneys are allowing them to say.
The family has retained attorney Jesse Mitchell of the Brandon-based Mitchell Firm.
No new pictures of AvaLynn have been posted on the page since Aug. 29 when the images of the child’s badly bruised and swollen face first appeared.
The Justice For AvaLynn GoFundMe.com account, set up to cover the child’s medical expenses and mother’s lost wages, is up to $10,615 with 507 donors in eight days.