Pinning up support

KAPAA — How can an item as common as a bobby pin help people?

Annie Godsill and her daughters, Fiona and Mackenzie, started their “Random Act of Bobby Pins” company, where 25 percent of profits will be donated to help others.

“Since we started just before Christmas, we’ve already turned over funds to the American Cancer Society and the Kauai Foodbank,” Godsill said. 

Now, Godsill is turning her attention to Gracie Stokes, a 15-year-old girl.

Stokes was recently diagnosed with a brain malformation, Chiari type 1 malformation, and is scheduled for brain surgery at the Kapiolani Medical Center on Feb. 19.

She is a swimmer with Mokihana Aquatics and earned a top finish in the girls 50 yard freestyle Saturday during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation swimming championships at the YMCA pool.

“This is special,” said Mokihana Aquatics Coach Orlando “O” Anaya of the bobby pin proceeds. “Mokihana Aquatics also finalized an account where people wanting to help Grace can contribute.”

The account is set up at First Hawaiian Bank as the “Friends of Gracie.” People can make the check out to “Friends of Gracie” and mail them to Mokihana Aquatics, c/o Coach O, P. O. Box 1996, Lihue, HI 96766.

Godsill and her daughters paint and sell bobby pins in packs of 10.

“All the sets are different and beautiful,” she wrote.

Info: visit and search for “random act of bobby pins,” or email


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