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Annual Life Jacket Drive Sends Important Message

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KENNEWICK, WA - Daya Cuillier has kept her two year old niece's memory alive by hosting a life jacket drive for the past eight years.

"I guess it always makes me feel like I'm doing something," said Cuillier. "Something to help."

Cuillier organized the drive in 2005 after Paris drowned.

"It's always sad when I go to print the pictures," said Cuillier. "It's always sad, but at the same time it's helpful. Even if someone takes the life jacket and doesn't return it on the loaner board, that's why we do this."

Loaner boards supply people with life vests at no charge.

"For example, there's one at Howard Amon Park," said Cuillier. "That one is a closed one, but you just open it up and there's a life jacket in there. So say you go to the park that day and you don't have a life jacket, there's one for you."

Daya is not only keeping Paris' memory alive, she's sending a big message to the community.

"The life jacket is what's going to save a life," Cuillier said. "If we save one person's life then that's going to be worth it. If one life jacket saves one life, then the drive is successful."