Andrew “Hollywood” Peck touched the hearts of thousands of people with his story as he fought bravely against a rare disease at only 10 years old.
Hollywood suffered from Leukodystrophy, a vanishing white matter disease, but didn’t let his illness stop him from becoming Mr. Christmas.
For his last Christmas, Hollywood decided that what he wanted most of all were Christmas cards. With the help of thousands of people from all over the world who learned the simple wish of one very special little boy, Christmas cards came flooding in from all across the United States and countries as far as Japan.
Over 26,000 cards arrived for Mr. Christmas, fulfilling his one last Christmas wish. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2015 Hollywood passed away, but forever left an impact on those around him with his beautiful smile and magnificent spirit.
In honor of Hollywood, and his pursuit of a perfect Christmas wish, a clothing and toy drive is being held this holiday season to give local children and their families their very own Merry Christmas.
Last year the drive was a huge success, and this year the Elves behind the collections hope for an even bigger donation turn out.
For anyone who wants to donate toys or clothing in memory of a special child and his love for Christmas, there are multiple dropbox locations around the area. Donations can be dropped off to: Back in Thyme Primitives (433 Center St. in Wheelersbug), Ace Hardware (11730 Gallia St. in Wheelersburg), Glockners (RT. 23 in Portsmouth), Rent to Own (3650 Rhodes Ave. in New Boston), Upper Cuts Hair Salon (1723 Grant St. in Portsmouth), Portsmouth Foot Center (), and The Daily Times Office (1603 11th St. in Portsmouth). Those behind the drive would live to give special thanks to collection Elves Beth Swanner, Erica Parsley, Teri Hobson, Lisa Madden, Liz Legg, and those who are making a child’s Christmas brighter.
The collection will also be accepting slighty used clothing, shoes and coats.
Please call for information on arranging pick up on larger donations.