HARRY SAMORA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
"When you lose a child, you lose a part of yourself. You have to start your life all over. You begin with just learning how to breathe again. Many days you have to talk yourself into getting out of bed to face another painful day. You have to find something or someone that can make this life bearable. These are ongoing struggles that I, and every parent who have lost a child, have to face.
My son lived for eight years and fifty one days.
In that short time he loved helping others, loved caring for others, and especially loved to see other children smile. He was a funny boy, with endless, silly jokes. He was a warm person, giving hugs at just the right time. He was not perfect, but he was perfect to me. Just the sight of him filled my heart with love. I can't share a future with my son, but I can see his legacy live on; a legacy that will keep Harry's spirit alive forever!"
In an effort to ensure her son's legacy lives on, Mia Samora began a toy drive, on what would have been her son Harry's 9th birthday, over a decade ago. That Memorial Birthday Party collected 50 toys that were delivered to patients at Children's Hospital here in Parker. Over the last decade, Harry's Toy Drive has grown each and every year, delivering hundreds of toys and gift cards to patients each Christmas.
"I have not done this alone. Many businesses and schools have partnered with me to make Harry's Toy Drive a true community effort each year."
The toys and gift cards collected are delivered to pediatric patients at Children's Hospital just before Christmas, making the holidays a bit brighter for those forced to spend them in the hospital instead of at home. The smiles on the faces of the children receiving these gifts is a reminder of the ever-present grin Harry had on his face.
"I am hoping when my son looks down, he will see those smiles, and perhaps it will make him smile too."
New, unwrapped toys and gift cards (for older children) will be collected over the next couple of weeks. If you would like to spread some Christmas cheer, and help the keep Harry's legacy going strong, please drop your donations at one of the following schools or places of business. Thank you...Mia
Toy donations and gift cards (for older children) can be dropped off at:
Waid Publishing - 12760 Stroh Ranch Way, Suite 202, Parker
Legacy Point Elementary School - 12736 Red Rosa Circle, Parker
Sagewood Middle School, - 4725 Fox Sparrow Rd, Parker
Legend High School - 22219 Hilltop Road, Parker
Stroh Ranch Recreation Center - 12959 Stroh Ranch Court, Parker
*Bring toys to our Christmas Event and See Santa on December 2nd
24/7 Avare Home Healthcare -8055 E Tufts Ave #201, Denver
Antonio's Pizza, Pasta and Wings
*10% off with a new toy donation. *Not valid with any other offers.
Big O Tires 10431 Parkglenn Way, Parker
*Bring in a toy and receive 10% of any service or tires. *Not valid with any other offers, Parker Location Only
Comfort Braces: *New patients will receive $50 off start fees per gift, for a max of 3 gifts, or a max of $150 off start fees for new patients if they bring in 3 gifts.
In Aurora on Hampden and Chambers, and in Westminster on 94th Ave
*Not valid with any other offers
Extreme Auto Repair - Dransfeldt Rd. Parker
*15% off any service with a new toy donation. Not valid with any other offers.
Green Dental - 19551 Hess Road, Suite 100, Parker
*Free fluoride treatments with toy donation
Pine Tree Jewelers - 11028 S. Pikes Peak Drive
*Receive a new watch battery with every toy brought in.
REMAX/KC BUTLER HOME TEAM - 710 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Tip to Toe Nail and Skin Care - Main Street and Twenty Mile Rd, Parker
*20% of any service or tires. Not valid with any other offers.
Monetary donations can be mailed to Waid Publishing's office (12760 Stroh Ranch Way, Suite 202, Parker, CO 80134), please make checks payable to:
The Harry Samora Memorial Foundation (Tax ID #47-3575736)
*A portion of the cash donations will fund a $1500 scholarship at Arapahoe Community college, as soon as January 2019
Although the Annual Toy Drive is the STAR of the foundation, WE also fund The Harry Samora Memorial Library located at Legacy Point Elementary School, The $1500 scholarship will be through the Arapahoe Community College, and as we grow, we will reach out to other community colleges to assist young adults attend school. Children who attended Legacy Point Elementary will be of the highest priority. Children with reading disabilities will also have special preference. The GPA required will be only 2.5 due to many students must work while they go to school, and we want this open to a broader group of young adults. Harry was an avid reader, loved to help others to learn to read, as well.