Thanks to the caring efforts of the Legion Collegiate Academy’s softball team, a York family’s Christmas will be a bit more normal this holiday season after the players collected more than $1,700 that will be used to purchase gifts for the five-member Perry family who lost their house and all possessions in a devastating Thanksgiving Day fire at their Mighty Joe Trail home.
According to senior outfielder Morgan Langley, the softball team, which includes 25 players this year, decided to fulfill its community service requirement by conducting a fundraising project on Facebook. All of the money raised will be contributed to the father and his wife Toccaro this week for their three kids, 3-year-old daughter Payton, 8-year-old daughter Shai’Asia, and 18-year-old son Daveion.
“We wanted to focus on helping a family out for Christmas,” said Langley. “My teammates and coaches knew the Perrys had a lot of other financial things and heart health issues for their youngest daughter to focus on, but we wanted them to have as normal of a Christmas as possible for their kids.” The fundraising efforts took just over two weeks to complete.
“While others are looking at ways to help the family get money for a house, and stuff like that, we wanted to help them not worry about Christmas for their 3-year-old, their 8-year-old , and their 18-year-old, and we wanted to the parents to have some gifts as well,” said Langley.
“If we can lessen the burden on the Perrys with this fundraising project, then we will feel successful with our project. In an interview on CN2 a couple of weeks ago, Mr. Perry said it was his wish to have his family living under roof in a house by Christmas rather than in a hotel,” she said. “With the money we have raised the parents won’t have to worry about their kids having Christmas gifts this year even though they lost everything they had in the fire, including their two pet dogs.
Langley recently met the Perry family and bought them a meal when they visited her at Jimmy Johns in downtown Rock Hill where she works. “They are very thankful for the help they have received from the York County community and our softball team. We are very happy to know our project is making a difference for the family this Christmas.”