Milbridge boy aids mudslide victims

Braydon Bradbury hands teller Missy Allen-Ramsdell of Camden National Bank’s Milbridge branch $575 in deposits raised by Down East ham radio operators in support of his fund-raiser to help victims of the March mudslide disaster in the state of Washington.

MILBRIDGE — Twelve-year-old Braydon Bradbury of Milbridge has exceeded his goal of raising $1,000 to benefit the victims of the Arlington, Wash., mudslide disaster that killed more than 40 people in March.

Braydon heard heart-wrenching stories on the television news about the catastrophic event when rain-soaked hillsides collapsed without warning. He decided to do something about it and opened up a special Arlington Victims account at Camden National Bank.

Braydon put a donation box at the Milbridge Gulf and convenience store and also raised some money from a bottle drive at the Milbridge Redemption Center. However, as of April 23, he had raised just over $500, mostly from donations from family members. Most area businesses would not allow Braydon to place a donation box in their facilities. At that point, Ham Radio Down East, a website based out of Milbridge, coordinated a charity auction to assist Braydon’s effort.

Ham radio operators in Washington and Hancock counties donated equipment to be auctioned off in support of the mudslide victims fund-raiser. Operators from Calais to Orland bid on the gear and raised $575, putting Braydon over the $1,000 goal with room to spare.

The money will now be sent to a designated Red Cross account that supports the mudslide victims. Any additional funds received will be sent to the United Way’s fund designated for that specific disaster.

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