Holly Jones memorial toy drive goes Sunday
Photo: Nicola BettsChelsea Fernandes, 10, hangs a butterfly in memory of Holly Jones on a tree outside the Jones home. Children at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, as well as others in the neighbourhood, created the butterflies and wrote messages for Holly on them, marking the 4th anniversary of her death.
Bloor West Villager
Aerobics instructor Maria Jones is hosting her annual Christmas Toy Drive and aerobathon in memory of her daughter Holly.
This year, Holly’s Toy Drive Aerobathon takes place Sunday, Dec. 9.
All toys and proceeds from the fitness event go to the CHUM Christmas Wish Foundation. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to the aerobathon, which takes place at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (although all city-run community centres will accept donations). The aerobathon runs from at 10 a.m. until noon.
Ten-year-old Holly was abducted after walking a friend home in the Perth Avenue and Bloor Street West area in May of 2003. In the years since her daughter’s death, Jones has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and support. Her little girl touched many hearts, leaving quite the legacy. That’s why Jones was compelled to help other children and wanted to give them a reason to smile on Christmas morning.
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre can be found at 220 Cowan Ave. Call 416-392-6928 or visit www.hollyjones.ca for more information.