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Windsor Forest student begins bracelet project

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Students at Windsor Forest High School are keeping Craig Loxton's memory alive.

The Whitemarsh Island teen, and 2010 graduate of Windsor Forest High School, was killed a hit and run this month. The man accused in his death, Jonathan Brett McKie, 38, was charged with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide and hit and run. Bond has been denied, and a preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 12.

Emily Giddens is the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, at Windsor Forest High School and also a friend of Loxton's. She and other students are taking a stand for Loxton. 

Giddins is hoping a simple bracelet will raise awareness, and money for the family, to keep his memory alive.

"They say "Rest in Peace Craig Loxton and they have the date on it," Giddins said. "I miss him alot. It's so hard to believe he is gone."

Loxton's family lost a son, grandson, brother and uncle. With the help of her mom and dad, Giddins hopes the bracelets will provide comfort and help for the Loxton family.

"I am just trying to sell those and raise money for the family and help cherish the memory of his. One last memory of him," she said.

The Giddins bought 400 bracelets, spending about $220 to have them made. They will sell them for $2 a piece and donate the entire money made to the Loxton family.

"My family just wanted to help out any way they could," Giddins said. "At first, my mom said she was going to get the money back she put into it, but she knew how bad she would feel if one of her kids died, so we're donating all of it."

Giddins calls it a small contribution for what Loxton gave her, his other friends and his family.

"He just always put a smile on my face every single day," she said. "I just want everybody to have a memory of him."

Giddens hopes the bracelets will also raise awareness about the dangers of drunken driving.

"It's not even about the money. We just wanted to give everyone a memory of him, and what better way than a bracelet. Everyone looks at their wrist everyday," she said.

The bracelets go on sale Thursday for $2 each. Find out how to buy one by emailing Giddens at emily.giddens@live.com

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