LAFAYETTE (Ind.) WLFI -- Levi Madras is hosting a toy drive to honor the life of his son Braxton. He’s held this drive for the past five years, but this time he's doing it differently.
This year, Madras partnered with the organization Heart of a Hero, a nonprofit organization created by a man named Ricky Mena.
Mena has a special way of helping children who are sick. He delivers toys to the hospital but not before putting on his very own spider-man suit.Madras said after seeing videos of Mena on social media, he knew Heart of Hero was the perfect organization to help honor his son, who died of sickness at age 4.
“I just thought how much my son would have loved to see him in real life,” said Madras.
Madras and his fiance Kaila Golmicz made toy donation boxes, that will be placed in businesses across the city. Once the drive ends, they will send the toys to Heart of a Hero to be distributed to thousands of children's hospitals. Experiencing his own son's hospitalization, Madras hopes these toys will bring light to other children.
“These children, they're suffering and if we can just give them just a little bit of hope, that could change dramatically for them,” said Madras.
The couple said they thrive when they're giving back and to be able to also celebrate Braxton is a bonus.
“For me as his fiance, you know, I'll never get to know Braxton except through his memories and so to celebrate him, that's the way I can give love and I think that's really special for me,” said Golmicz.
The couple urges the community to donate and help bring in as many toys as possible, especially as we head into the holiday season.
The couple will be collecting toys until Nov. 20. Any toys donated must be in its original box for the safety of the children.
Donations can also be made through Amazon. The couple plans to ship the toys by November 27th, which would have been Braxton's 10th birthday.
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