Stuff the Hummer event collects toys for Tucson children in needPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The annual Stuff the Hummers event to collect toys for needy kids got a big boost this year.
The family of January 8 shooting victim Christina Taylor Green teamed up with the toy drive to drum up some extra support.
All this while they remember their little girl on this the first Christmas without her.
"Of course they're going to be very challenging, very difficult we're going to have do some bad days," said Christina's mother Roxanna Green.
Roxanna Green says the holidays will never be the same without her little girl, but a new partnership helps the Greens honor 9-year-old Christina and bring joy to local children.
"We just never hesitated for a moment that we're going to give back to Tucson because everyone really stepped up and helped us," said Roxanna Green.
This is where tribute meets tradition. The stuff the hummers event is in its sixth year and with the Christina Taylor Green memorial foundation on board, organizers have high hopes for the annual toy drive.
"You're providing hope to children who would otherwise go without and you're providing happiness and it's not just one day of happiness but it's happiness in a memory that will last a lifetime," said Michelle Ochoa.
Dolls, bikes and stuffed animals will complete Christmas day for hundreds of families registered with the Salvation Army.
"This is really a hand up program where we want to make sure they're paying the bills, putting food on the table, and we can help take care of the gifts on Christmas morning," said Tamara McElwee from the Salvation Army.
"This is our Hummer. It's my husband's and my son Dallas' pride and joy," said Roxanna Green.
Roxanna Green says she's happy to play Santa in this very unconventional sleigh filled with presents, because she feels her daughter is watching with quiet encouragement.
"I just have to hold onto that thought and that belief and get through those days and know that she's in a better place than we are and she's proud of our work that we're doing here for the foundation." said Roxanna Green.
After the Hummers are filled with the toys, they caravan to the Foothills Mall where volunteers load the presents into Salvation Army trucks.