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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield County father, mourning the sudden death of his daughter, today said thank you. Taylor Anderson's father says your kindness is helping his family to move forward and donations to Taylor's memorial fund will keep her spirit alive.
For 300 high school girls who attend St. Catherine's School, their daily routine begins with prayer in the chapel. But Monday, meditation moved outside.
Crimson and ivory ribbons moved gracefully in the wind. On each strand a handwritten prayer for 24-year old Taylor Anderson, her family and the people of Japan.
"That's really helped us a lot," said father Andy Anderson who thanked students and the Richmond community for supporting the Anderson family during the difficult time. "It's given us a lot of strength."
In a conversation too personal for our camera lens. Taylor's father Andy Anderson explained to the girls why his daughter is special. "She would convince friends to do things with her and then they'd do it and they'd love it and love her for it."
And he explained why, with donations, her spirit will continue to inspire.
St. Catherine's School created a web page on it's website www.St.Catherines.org for donations to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund. In just the last month, the school collected more than $84,000 in donations. School administration never imagined support would pour in so fast.
"We've received donations from Japan," explained Laura Fuller who runs the school. "We've received donations from all of the countries in the world."
Some of that money came from students like Catharine Cain who created bracelets and is selling them for $1. "It says, only what we give remains our own, which is our school motto."
The bands of blue are engraved with Taylor's initials.
The more than $84,000 will help re-build Japan, the country Taylor fell in love with. It will also help children orphaned by the earthquake and tsunami. And it will help Japanese students visit America.
"I really see, I guess an everlasting bridge between us and Japan," said Anderson.
Monday morning Anderson met the teen who feels a connection with his child. Though they never met, Catharine is motivated to share Taylor's message.
"She was here not too long ago. You don't have to know her personally to know that she would have been my friend if I had known her."
If you'd like to buy a bracelet, visit www.St.Catherines.org