Toy supply drive benefits homeless children in Richmond

Toy & supply drive to help homeless

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Donations are coming into the toy supply drive in Richmond, but organizers would like more.

NBC12 received new pictures and information today about a homeless 10-year-old and her father.

You may remember Lia Wallace and how she spoke with such maturity about being homeless in our first story. Life just got better for them and your generosity will help them and other families in transition.

Tracey Wallace lost his family’s home after his wife’s stroke. That’s how him and daughter ended up homeless and in a shelter.

“Yeah. I didn’t want her to get sick but it was tough for me that she had to stay in a coma for half a week and I couldn’t say nothing to her and she couldn’t respond back. But I’m grateful that she’s moving onto the next level in rehab,” said his daughter Lia.

Tracey was determined right from the start to have his own home.

“I’m not going to be here. I’m going to speak it. I’m going to be in a nice warm home. Nice house and everything when Christmas comes," said Tracey.

The daughter-dad duo spoke it into existence. With hard work on both their parts and counseling and support services from Home Again shelter, they received their keys just yesterday for their permanent home. They will all be together again soon - dad, daughter and mom.

“That we all be together again. Yep. It’s hard. It make you tear up," said Tracey.

Donations help them, not only at Christmas, but with all the items needed to make a house a home.

Andre Neita’s toy drive is in its 10th year. For the past four years, he has focused on helping homeless children at Home Again Shelter.

Every toy donated will end up in the hands of a homeless child.

He has two partners this year, Optima Health and Bang Bang Kickboxing.

Donations can be made through Dec. 21. Toys and supplies will be delivered to Home Again Shelter two days before Christmas.

The drive calls for new, unwrapped toys, blankets, sheets, coats, diapers and household items.

Donations can be made at:

  • Professional Moving and Storage, 2209 Station Road, Richmond, VA 23234
  • Bang Bang Kickboxing, 8435 Ellerson Drive A-4, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

The owner is offering a free kickboxing session to those who donate at his Mechanicsville business.

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