Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap is attempting to turn a family tragedy into a positive movement by asking fans to spread love on what would have been his daughter Holly’s fourth birthday.
The toddler was killed last month when Heap, 37, accidentally hit her while moving his truck in the driveway of their Mesa, Arizona.
Heap and his family have now launched the “Hugs From Holly” campaign — asking people to simply hug the ones they love … or even complete strangers.
“Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious,” the official website said.”Let’s spread this joy as we scatter sunshine in Holly’s honor on her birthday.”
Other ways Holly, who would have turned four on Wednesday can be remembered are the following.
- Wear PINK in Holly’s honor
- Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community. Smile more. Compliment somebody. Write a kind note. Share treats (or chicken nuggets). Do a free lemonade stand. Leave a bigger tip than usual. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Donate a book in Holly’s honor. Turn up the music and dance… the list is endless. Be creative!
- Capture your family spreading joy and post your pictures using the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday
“Shout it from the rooftops! Let’s spread kindness and love and make Wednesday a HOLLYday!” the family asks.
Holly was the youngest of five children Heap has with his wife, Ashley. Police said at the time that there were no signs that Heap was impaired in any way at the time of the accident.
NFL teams, players and sports media personalities were quick to share the Heap family’s message on social media Wednesday.
Hugs From Holly Day, for the Heaps. Any and all support appreciated.https://t.co/c64auaf4dZ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2017
— Joe Flacco (@JoeFlacco) May 3, 2017
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 3, 2017
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 3, 2017
We're with you, Heap Family & @Ravens.
Spread love and kindness on #HugsFromHollyDay.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 3, 2017
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 3, 2017
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 3, 2017
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 3, 2017
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 3, 2017
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) May 3, 2017
On #HugsFromHollyDay, Coach McDermott shared hugs and kindness at One Bills Drive.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 3, 2017
????Pls read…In honor of Holly Heap… who would've turned 4 today. Still praying for Todd & the entire Heap family https://t.co/yFz3ubf4o9
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) May 3, 2017
— Chad Steele (@CSteele32) May 3, 2017
Heap played for Arizona State University before being picked up by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As the team’s tight end for 10 years, he became the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown catches, the second all-time in reception and yards, and named NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year in 2006. After being released by the Ravens in 2011, he played for the Arizona Cardinals for two years.
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Please click here to make a donation to the Baltimore Community Foundation in Holly’s memory.