Share hugs, for Holly

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

MESA, ARIZ. — For­mer NFL tight end Todd Heap and his fam­ily are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to “share hugs and spread love and joy through ran­dom acts of heart­felt kind­ness” on Wed­nes­day in hon­our of their late daugh­ter’s birth­day.

Po­lice say Heap was mov­ing a truck that ran over and killed his three-year-daugh­ter Holly in the drive­way of their sub­ur­ban Phoenix home on April 15. Mesa po­lice said im­pair­ment was not a fac­tor.

Heap and his fam­ily re­ceived an out­pour­ing of con­do­lences and sym­pa­thy from friends, for­mer team­mates and fans of the for­mer Pro Bowl tight end, who played for the Bal­ti­more Ravens and Ari­zona Car­di­nals. Heap re­tired in 2013 after play­ing 12 sea­sons in the NFL.

The fam­ily cre­ated the site hugs­fromholly.com, a cam­paign in mem­ory of Holly, who would have turned four on Wed­nes­day.

“Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing in life was con­ta­gious,” a state­ment on the site’s home page reads. “Let’s spread this joy as we scat­ter sun­shine in Holly’s hon­our on her birth­day.”

The fam­ily sug­gests that peo­ple wear pink for Holly on Wed­nes­day, while also help­ing oth­ers through­out the day.

“Smile more,” the site reads. “Com­pli­ment some­body. Write a kind note. Share treats (or chicken nuggets). Do a free lemon­ade stand. Leave a big­ger tip than usual. Pay for the per­son be­hind you in the drive-thru. Do­nate a book in Holly’s hon­our. Turn up the mu­sic and dance ... the list is end­less. Be cre­ative!”

The fam­ily also asks that par­tic­i­pants take pho­tos of their acts of kind­ness and post them on so­cial me­dia with the hash­tag #hugs­fromhol­ly­day.

The site also in­cludes a link to make a do­na­tion in Holly’s hon­our to the Bal­ti­more Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, a group of char­i­ties that ben­e­fit the greater Bal­ti­more area.

“Share this! Shout it from the rooftops!” the site says. “Let’s spread kind­ness and love and make Wed­nes­day a HOLLY­day!”

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