DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — One in every seven children in the united states experiences child abuse. It was that staggering statistic that prompted a Slocomb High School student to do something to bring more awareness to this issue.

Pageant queen Evie Smith’s platform is advocating for children of trauma. So in November, she decided to sell handmade bracelets in an effort to raise money for Dothan’s Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention.

Her community did not disappoint, it helped her raise more money than she expected.

“I started out with the idea of just making enough bracelets for $1,000 and even then that sounded like a huge goal to me,” Evie Smith, Miss Tuscaloosa’s Outstanding Teen 2022 said. “But we exceeded that goal just by a bit and in the end, through donations and bracelet sales we have come up with $4,058 going to the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention.”

Monday, Smith presented a check for the total of all the money she raised to the exchange center. She says she hopes to start selling more of her bracelets online after the holidays.