One Taylor citizen went to new heights to help a noteworthy cause.

Gerald Anderson recently drove down to San Marcos to help raise money for the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center in Georgetown. To help out, Anderson went up 14,000 feet then skydived back down.

“Exhilirating, exciting but really peaceful,” Anderson said of the experience, which he said included birds flying around him midair.

Anderson’s opportunity to skydive came when his friend Josh Schroeder contacted him. Schroeder grew up in Taylor as well, and his dad coached Anderson when he played high school football.

“I had always wanted to go skydiving before,” said Anderson. “When he asked me and told me what it was for, I was all in.”

Anderson, Schroeder and others made the jump with Skydive Spaceland San Marcos. After a safety presentation detailing the risks of the flight, the daredevils suited up and took off. The destination took some time to reach.

“You look and you think we’re almost there and you’re at 11,000 feet, and you’re looking out the window and everything’s getting smaller,” said Anderson. “Then they level off at 14,000 feet, you go with your tandem partner, you rock three times, and out the door you go.”

Upon reaching the ground, Anderson, who’s also a city council member, met people from other municipal governments such as Georgetown and Liberty Hill. This led to other conversations and opportunities for the council member.

“The mayor (of Liberty Hill) invited me out for a Dec. 5 for Bill Pickett Day in Liberty Hill, which is Bill Pickett’s birthday,” said Anderson.

Although Anderson noted he was honored to help a worthy cause, the council member says skydiving has been on his bucket list for a long time. He thanks the center and Schroeder for allowing him to find out what he’s always wondered, which is what do birds see?

“The view that you have from parachuting down, it’s hard to beat,” said Anderson. “It was a real bird’s eye view.”

About the center

The Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center states that it’s the first stop for Williamson County children who are suspected victims of abuse and neglect or who have witnessed a violent crime.

“Right now with COVID, it’s at an all time high, and they had to cancel their two fundraisers, so that’s how this came about,” said Anderson. “They wanted to get some local elected officials to jump out of a plane to raise money, and I think they did pretty well.”

Children can find a multitude of services and support at the center. The group brings together agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting abuse and tries to ensure fewer repeat interviews for victims, a stronger investigation and a higher rate of prosecution.

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