Friends and family of a girl shot by a stray bullet on the 4th of July are working to keep her memory alive by launching a charity the 11-year-old had been working on before her death.
Despite her young age, Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane had seen the strain of poverty through the foster kids taken in by her family. The question that vexed her with each addition: "Why do foster kids always show up with stuffed animals, but not socks?" As a result, she began formulating plans to fill that void with a Girl Scout Service Project she called Foster Socks.
A terrible accident on the 4th of July prevented her from fulfilling those goals. Blair collapsed, bleeding. What witnesses first thought was a result of the fireworks festivities in her family's yard, near Worlds of Fun, turned out to be a bullet in neck. Police believe it came from an Independence Day reveller firing at random.
Now friends and family are picking up where Blair left off with Foster Socks. The name has been changed in her honor to Blair's Foster Socks, an effort to get socks to foster children and homeless children.
Her mother is convinced Blair would have launched the project herself if her life hadn't been cut short. "That was Blair," her mother said in a written statement, "the doer; saucy and bossy. Blair radiated the love and presence of God. Now it's up to us keep her light shining."
Blair also loved color. For that reason, the charity's web site, blairsfostersocks.org, instructs potential donors, "the brighter, the better."
It's the same reason her family has asked those attending her visitation and funeral to avoid black and instead dress in the brightest colors they can find.
Blair's funeral was held Saturday at the Lee's Summit United Methodist Church, located at 114 SE Douglas St. in Lee's Summit, MO. Visitation is scheduled at 9-11 a.m.; the funeral for 1 p.m.
To read the initial story on Blair's death, click here.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:00:37 GMT
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