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Mother starts toy drive in honor of daughter killed in horse riding accident

Destiny Stafford (Photo courtesy family) Destiny Stafford (Photo courtesy family)
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Destiny Stafford was only 15 years old when she died in a horrible freak accident with a horse. Her mother, Kelly, sat down and talked with WBTV's Molly Grantham days after the incident.

Her daughter’s organs helped save the lives of six others and, despite Kelly's own fragile emotional state in those moments, the strong-willed mother wanted the world to know the importance of Destiny's selfless act.

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In that first week, Kelly said she’d never let Destiny’s spirit die. Anyone who knows Kelly knows she hasn’t. She continues to dream up ways to help others.

Now, that way to help others is a toy drive.

The foundation Kelly established in Destiny’s name, the Destiny Lives On Foundation, is accepting donations of new toys – all for kids in the hospital. Kelly says the deadline for anyone to donate is July 24.

Kelly did the same thing last year. She said going back to Levine Children's Hospital is hard, but worth it when she sees kids get excited.

“Their smiles are worth the heartache,” Kelly said. “I thought of Destiny when there last year. I thought, ‘She would be proud of me for doing this.’ I was right where I needed to be.”

Kelly says they need board games, gift cards, and stickers. The Amazon wishlist can be found here, as well as drop-off locations.

Amazon can also ship directly to the Destiny Lives On Foundation.

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