Special Report: Holiday help
For Laura Goodman, the toy drive at the Lowell General Pediatric Unit started as a way to teach her oldest daughter the importance of generosity.
Every year her family bring toys to sick children during the holidays, but this toy drive has turned into a memorial for a special little girl.
"Last year, we decided to change the name 'For the Love of Erica' in honor of my daughters friend Erica, who had been sick with cancer," Goodman said. "Unfortunately, she passed away the Saturday after Thanksgiving."
This year, Laura and her three daughters collected more than 600 toys to help remember Erica.
"This is to carry on her loving tradition," Goodman said. "She was the most loving little girl, who loved to see others smile."
Goodman delivers the toys herself alongside Mrs. Claus, something parents say makes a world of difference.
"I know my daughter will probably be home for Christmas, but I know a lot of the other little ones won't be, and it's sad, but at least they got something fun to do," Meredith MacNeill, a mother, said.
Goodman says it's a lot of work to collect so many toys, but it's well worth it.
"There's nothing more special than to see a child smile, and so as time consuming as this is, just to see that child's face or a child who gets a gift they are not expecting is worth it," Goodman said.
For more information on the toy drive, contact Laura Goodman at 978-430-1465.
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