#LiveForThomas Toy Drive
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- Introduction: On July 28th, 2019, 16 year old Thomas Ocasio, III, lost his battle with depression and took his own life. There has been a tremendous amount of support from the community following his death.
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Thomas was a popular kid, an athlete, honor student, and had even been approved to graduate early in order to enlist in the U.S. Army.
Since his passing, many people have said, “I never thought it would be him.” But mental illness and suicidal thoughts/behavior do not discriminate. It can happen to anyone.
For that reason, and for her son, it has become Amy Ocasio's mission to change the face of suicide and break the stigma.
During his funeral service, the hashtag “LIVEFORTHOMAS” took hold and has become the slogan for suicide prevention and awareness in his honor.
In order to continue to honor Thomas’ memory, a toy drive is being held this holiday season. Thomas loved to celebrate Christmas, loved kids, and always talked about wanting to become a dad himself. Every toy collected will be donated to “The Bridge," the Cecil County Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Center, for their children's' Christmas party and to help provide a Christmas to the families they work with.
Toys will be collected Friday, November 15th through Friday, December 6th.
Drop Off Locations For New, Unwrapped Toys:
In North East:
North East High School
Armed Forces Recruiting Station (US ARMY)
Blue Iris Day Spa & Salon
Dr. Wyman Orthodontics
Union Hospital (in the cafeteria)
For More Info: Contact Amy at LIVEFORTHOMAS@gmail.com