Former NFL TE Todd Heap and his family suffered the unimaginable last month — as Heap accidentally hit and killed his three-year old daughter Holly while trying to move his truck onto the driveway of their home.
The support for the Heap family has been widespread — ranging from former NFL players to complete strangers. May 3rd would’ve been Holly’s fourth birthday. As a means to pay tribute to her loving memory, the Heap family has initiated the ‘Hugs From Holly‘ campaign.
The family suggested these three things in order to celebrate Holly’s life:
- Wear PINK in Holly’s honor
- Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community. Smile more. 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 honor. Turn up the music and dance… the list is endless. Be creative!
- Capture your family spreading joy and post your pictures using the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday
28 of the 32 NFL franchises posted support for Holly and the Heap family on Twitter. Many players — both former competitors and teammates of Heap’s — issued personalized messages as well:
— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) May 3, 2017
We’re with you, Heap Family & @Ravens.
Spread love and kindness on #HugsFromHollyDay.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 3, 2017
— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) May 3, 2017
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 3, 2017
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) May 3, 2017
On #HugsFromHollyDay, Coach McDermott shared hugs and kindness at One Bills Drive.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 3, 2017
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 3, 2017
The unbridled love and benevolence demonstrated by individuals all across the country in support of the Heap family is truly special.
Image Source: HugsFromHolly.com