Participants in local charitable event remember those lost

Participants in local charitable event remember those lost
(WMC-TV) - After all the tragedy involving children in the last Friday, an effort to reach out to the children on Memphis just wrapped up.

E.H. Ford Funeral Home held a Unity Whitehaven Community Christmas Give-A-Way, and their thoughts and prayers with were with both the children of fallen officer Martoiya Lang and the children slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.

"Oh, I'm so excited," said participant Debra Hailey.

Parents, grandparents and children alike reveled in the opportunity to meet Mister and Misses Claus in Whitehaven Saturday.

"It was really fun to get to meet them in person," said participant Dajaha Smith. 

As Memphis children left with coats and toys, event organizers also had the children of fallen Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang heavy in their hearts.

"It's a sad day in Memphis, Tennessee with that mother losing her life and we have a special gift and a special collection for her children too," said the woman dressed as Mrs. Claus. 

After a suspect shot Lang during a drug sting Friday, the 32-year-old mother left behind four girls - ages 14, 13, 12 and two.

"We are blessed. That's the word.  We are blessed," said participant Delores Shelton. 

Shelton said Memphis felt the blow on two fronts.

She said it was heart warming to see such giving less than 24 hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut.

"It's just been wonderful," said Shelton. 

She said the community needed to see some good in the world, not only after the fallen Memphis Police officer, but also after Connecticut police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, and began shooting -- killing six adults and 20 children in a matter of minutes - and then taking his own life.

"Those children, they're not here,  They're not going to be here for the Christmas," said Shelton.

Shelton said it's important to cherish those we love while we can.

The African American International Museum Foundation, 100 Black Men, Mid-South Kwanzaa, and the Blues City Cultural Center co-sponsored the event with the Fords.     
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