Toy drive being held in child’s memory, year after her passing

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Sadie was just four years old when she died last year, and she was also an organ donor. This Christmas, a toy drive is being held in her memory, and she’s also inspiring others to give the gift of life.

Brandi Ricketts has a teddy bear that brings back memories of her niece Sadie, who passed away last April. 

“Sadie passed when my sister’s home burned,” said Brandi. “She passed of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Sadie was just four years old.

Last Christmas, Brandi’s son Will kept talking about how he wanted to be able to buy gifts for Sadie, like they always had, so they got an idea. “We came up with the idea to do a Toys for Tots Drive,” she said. “That way, we could go shopping for Sadie like we always had but this time, donate the toys for a child that needed it.”

They’re doing the drive again this Christmas, and they have a goal to collect 400 toys.

“So far we have collected 229 toys, which is an enormous amount of toys if you see it all,” said Brandi.

Sadie’s memory is also inspiring others to give not just toys, but the gift of life, because, at four years old, she gave the gift of life– as an organ donor. 

“I’ve become an organ donor, and I’ve heard from friends and people all over the country who have heard Sadie’s story and have also become organ donors,” said Brandi.

Will plans to become one too. For him, the decision was simple.

“Sadie was an organ donor, why can’t I be?,” said Will.

Will was also inspired to use his birthday money to buy gifts for the Toys for Tots drive at his school.

“It actually felt really good that I was giving back to people who needed it,” he said.

Toys are being accepted until December 16th. Click here to donate. 

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