NEW BOSTON — A Toy/Clothing Drive in memory of Andrew “Hollywood” Peck, will be held during the New Boston parade on Dec. 3, with the collection of unwrapped toys and clothing on the Autism float, and will continue after the conclusion of the parade.
The legacy of the late Andrew “Hollywood” Peck, who died Dec. 24, 2015, in his battle with leukodystrophy are being commemorated the with toy/clothing drive in Peck’s honor. The collection is scheduled to begin at the parade line up on Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. and afterward at the New Boston Fire station.
Michael Bell is heading up the Andrew “Hollywood” Peck Toy/Clothing Drive.
“Christmas Season was Andrew “Hollywood” Peck’s favorite time of year. He loved all the Christmas decorations and looking at the snow fall through his window. He always loved being around other Kids and watching them open presents. He always had a big, contagious smile that would light up a room. “Hollywood,” which he was known by passed away last year on Christmas eve from leukodystrophy but his smile lives on,” Bell said. “We want to carry on his legacy by making other children smile. We have teamed up with a several Churches and a specific individual in the Community to acquire the names from. This is the first toy/clothing drive and we pray that it will get larger each year for Hollywood’s little friends.”
There are several drop-off locations including Wheelersburg schools, Back in Thyme Primitive, Ace Hardware in Wheelersburg, Rich TV & Home Center in Portsmouth, and Shawnee Computers. The day of the parade, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the parking area at Tractor Supply and after the parade at the New Boston Fire Department.
Other drop off location will be announced soon, according to Bell. A special request is being asked that all toy items be unwrapped.
Annette Peck, the grandmother of Andrew “Hollywood” Peck, said her grandson always had concern for people who had limited resources, and is thankful to see his legacy continue.
“Andrew was the type of child that was always concerned about giving to the less fortunate,” Annette Peck said. “I am so glad to be a part of this, to continue this as a tradition. I think it is just a wonderful that is being done in his memory, and I will just serve as a helper. Of course it hurts for him to be gone, but we have so many good memories of him. I just want to continue his goodness as long as I can.”
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