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April is Autism Awareness Month, but a Marion County girl is raising money all year 'round to help those affected by the condition.

It all began last Christmas, when Erin Pride, 12, received a rubber band bracelet loom. She began selling her creations in honor of her twin brother, spreading autism awareness one bracelet at a time.

Erin Price and her twin brother, Eddy, are in the sixth grade at East Dale Elementary school in Marion County. They have been inseparable for as long as they can remember.

"I was Erin's best friend when I was in Mom's belly," said Eddy.

It's safe to say, the feeling is mutual.

"Sometimes he wants me to play with his plush toys. He has a bunch of plush toys, like Angry Birds and  Mario. He's an awesome brother," said Erin.

It's those amazing qualities of Eddy's that inspired Erin to turn a hobby into a nonprofit.

"Eddy, my brother, he has autism. I was just making bracelets one day and I was thinking, I should donate the money I make from selling these things to a charity or something," said Erin.

"I wasn't surprised because she has the most generous heart, and anything she can do to honor her brother, she's going to do," said Sandra Buchanan, the twins' grandmother.

So she got to work, weaving her little heart out, all for the Corridor Chapter of the Autism Society of West Virginia.

"They come here about once a month for the "Fun Club," which is a social skills club where the kids learn through games and playing," said Frances Pride, the twins' mom.

Erin sells the bracelets to kids at school and online. Needless to say, business is booming. 

"I really don't know how many I've made. Maybe 100 or 1,000? I don't know," said Erin.

She's even taking orders in bulk from across the country.

"These twin brothers in Alabama, they're 14 years old, and they both have autism. Their family, they want 25 bracelets," said Erin.

But her number one customer is right here by her side.

"The first one I wore was black and yellow. That's the colors of bees and those are the Steelers colors," said Eddy.

Erin has already raised more than $200 and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

"Keep on going and try to spread the word about autism," said Erin.

Erin charges $1 or $2 a bracelet. To place an order, you can email franpride@comcast.net.