EDINA, MINN. – Oct. 19, 2011 – Four area Wal-Mart stores recently donated nearly 1,000 swimsuits (with a value of $5,000) to Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation.

 The nonprofit organization plans to give the swimsuits to youth who participate in Water Safety programs or who swim at the local pools that receive grants from the Foundation, said Amanda Neby, program manager, Abbey’s Hope.

“We’re thrilled to receive these donations,” said Katey Taylor, Abbey’s mother, and co-founder and president of Abbey’s Hope. “They will help us fulfill our mission of getting more children to learn how to swim. Unfortunately, many youth can’t afford swim lesson or even swim suits. Wal-Mart’s generosity will go a long way in helping us in our efforts to educate youth on pool and spa safety.”

About Abbey’s Hope:

Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning. 

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at abbeyshope.org.


The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips