In the Face of Tragedy, Wristbands Help Start the Healing Process
April 3, 2014
CLAREMONT, NH - Everyone goes through hardship and tragedy and unfortunately, no one can escape this fact of life. However, it is in such difficult times that friends and family must come together, support each other and try to move on with life as best we can… and if you can somehow reach out and help someone through an unthinkable tragedy, the process might just become a little more bearable for all involved.
Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of the Packard Family
Such is the case for Springfield, Vermont resident Sabrina Humphrey, who recently lost a close friend and in her despair, needed to find a way to not only honor her friend, but also help start the healing process for her and the family and friends of Miss Scotlynn Silfies, a beautiful and outgoing 19-year-old girl from Charlestown, New Hampshire who recently lost her life in a fatal car accident.
“When I got the terrible news about Scottie and being a mother myself, I found myself sobbing and not understanding how there could possibly be anything positive to come out of this,” Sabrina said in a recent interview. “Of course, the outcome is the same - I'll never physically be able to have my ‘bonus sister,’ (which is what we called each other since we weren't really sisters) but mentally and emotionally she is with me and everyone else that this young woman touched.”
Therefore, to try and start the healing process, Sabrina decided to start a Facebook page in Scottie’s honor and to also help spread the word about some colorful wristbands she was planning to sell in order to raise funds for Scottie’s mother, Shelby Packard, and her family.
“The positive I have found - is seeing how many people this young girl touched - for in less than 24 hours the Facebook page received over 700 ‘likes'... the response from people has simply been overwhelming. Starting this journey of spreading support and raising funds for Shelby and her family has not only started the healing process for me, but I feel it also gives others a way to not only heal, but also make them feel like they are helping the family.”
Sabrina originally ordered 700 wristbands, but wondered if that amount may be too many to sell. “I thought that I may have a couple hundred left over and maybe I shouldn't have gotten so many, but now - I'm wondering and hoping that I have enough and I may need to order more.”
Every penny raised will go directly to Scottie’s mother to help with any unexpected expenses. “I wasn’t really prepared for the amount of support we are getting. It's truly beautiful and therapeutic for me, and I hope for Scottie’s family, friends and others as well. I truly thank everyone for their support.
Yes, the healing process can begin.
If you would like to show support for this healing cause and purchase a wristband ($3.00 each) in Miss Scotlynn Silfies’ honor, please visit the “Rest in Peace Scotlynn” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wristbandsforscotlynn or email Sabrina Humphrey directly at .