Candy-gram fundraiser for injured kindergartner

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

February 3, 2014

JONESVILLE — Students at Jonesville Elementary School are doing what they can to support their classmate, Kira Bray, who was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident late last month.

On Tuesday, friends of the kindergartner wore pink and created a special banner for Bray before their week was cut short by a series of snow days.

Principal Kelly Byrd-Johnson said Friday that the students would sell Valentine candy-grams and “Pray for Bray” bracelets as a fundraiser to aid the family.

A trust account has been established at State Employees Credit Union to collect donations. Friends and neighbors also participated in a candlelight prayer vigil that was held on Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway.

Joel and Sherry Bray, along with their daughter, Kira, were involved in a collision on Jan. 26 near Boiling Springs. According to the Highway Patrol report, the vehicle driven by Joel Bray was traveling west on N.C. 150 when the accident occurred. Three vehicles and a total of 10 people were involved, including at least two other juveniles.

Trooper B.C. Sanders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, who investigated the accident, was unavailable for comment, but, according to a report published by the Shelby Star, Kira Bray suffered a fractured neck, broken pelvis and femur. Sherry Bray sustained a broken arm and Joel Bray, broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

The family is being treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. On Friday, the hospital staff confirmed that Sherry had been discharged, but an update was not available regarding Joel or Kira’s condition.

Stephanie Holbrook, a friend of the family, said Tuesday that the Brays were asking for continued prayers. For more information about donating to the Bray family, contact Holbrook at 336-452-9320.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @ripplereporterk.