Collecting toys in memory of a beloved son and brother

Jamie Heap
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MacDonald family contributes truckload full of toys to Amherst Toyota Drive, Christmas for Kids.

Jean Miller (left) of Christmas For Kids is presented with a Superman figurine by Amherst Toyota product advisor Theresa Wood (right). The Superman figurine, which the MacDonalds want to be able donate every year in memory of their son Adrian who was killed this past January in a tragic accident, was one of a truckload of toys donated by the MacDonalds.

AMHERST-Last month, Amherst Toyota hoped that they could fill a truck load of gifts for Christmas for Kids. Thanks in no small part to the MacDonald family of Pugwash, they were able to donate two truckloads of presents for needy families.

“For a while, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to fill one truck,” said Amherst Toyota owner Glenn Roberts. “But now, thanks to the MacDonald family, it looks like we are going to double our goal. We wanted to fill one truck full of toys, but now we got two truckloads full of them. Everyone was really excited about it.”

During the past four holiday seasons, the MacDonald family has been collecting presents for Christmas for Kids, a campaign that first began two decades ago.

“In exchange for letting people visit their house (at 1194 South Pugwash) that has at least 30,000 Christmas lights, free of charge, all the MacDonalds ask is that people bring a present to be donated for Christmas For Kids,” stated Amherst Toyota product advisor Theresa Wood. “Any monetary donations that they get they buy gifts with. Their goal was to fill a truck and they did. I went out to their home last Friday with a large box of hot chocolate donated by the Albion St. Tim Hortons to see the lights, and it was great. This is the fourth year that they’ve done the toy drive, but it’s the first one in their son’s (Adrian MacDonald) memory.”

This past January, Teresa and Terry MacDonald’s son Adrian Jay MacDonald was killed in a tragic accident in Port Howe. He was only 21 years of age. “Last year when Terry and I were away working in Ontario, our children Alisha and Adrian worked hard decorating the house,” said Teresa MacDonald. “Last January, my son was killed. The toy drive this year just gave us another focus. Hopefully every year it’ll just keep getting bigger. We’ve been doing the lights for 25 years now.”

One of the toys that the MacDonalds donated to the Amherst Toyota Drive was a Superman figurine, a toy that she hopes she is able to find every year for the drive.

“I want to be able donate a Superman every year in memory of our son Adrian, because that is what he was to us,” said an emotional Teresa MacDonald.

Adrian MacDonald’s actions this past January were nothing short of heroic. While Adrian was rescuing a stranded motorist, the parked vehicle that he and a passenger were in was struck by a fire truck that sped out of control on treacherous roads en route to another accident in Linden. Adrian later died in hospital.

“Adrian was the coach of a basketball team,” said Theresa Wood. “He was very well-liked in the community. He was a very nice young man. It was very tragic.”

The MacDonalds will collect toys until the end of December for next year.



Organizations: Albion St. Tim Hortons

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pugwash, Port Howe Ontario Linden

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