Toy drive honors the memory of local school shooting victim

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Loved ones spend another holiday season making sure the memory of Ryan McDonald remains on the minds of others. A name to inspire hope for area kids dealing with difficult times during Christmas.

McDonald was shot to death in Central High School's cafeteria in August of 2008.

Each of the four years following that tragic day-- his family has held a toy drive in Ryan's honor.

On Friday, Ryan's uncle Roger stopped by the Helen Ross McNabb Children and Youth Center. He brought close to 300 donated toys with him. It's an effort to benefit Child and Family Tennessee.

Roger McDonald is proud to remember Ryan through the toy drive.

"The reason we do this, is so Ryan won't be forgotten, is really why we do it. So it makes me feel good to know that there are some kids that are going to benefit from a tragic incident that happened four years ago."

Roger says the toy drive gets bigger each year.

You can still help. Just drop off a toy at any Knoxville Ingles location before Monday.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 183591721