If you would still like to donate in Riddick's memory, please consider dropping off an unwrapped toy to the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society. More information can be found here: http://www.mrpmchristmashamper.org/donate.html
If you decide to do so, please attach a tag to the toy indicating that it has been donated in Riddick's memory. We are hoping to provide a grand tally of toys to the Servio family in a couple of weeks.
If you are located outside of the area and would like to make a donation, please consider giving a toy in Riddick's name to a local organization for underprivileged children.
And if you would still like to do more, please consider campaigning for safer roadways and parking lots.
The fundraising page is now officially closed to donations. A total of $10,110 was donated by 268 individuals, businesses and families. What was initially started by Laura Gondos and myself as a small gesture to help provide meals for the family in the short term has turned into something much, much bigger. I know the money will provide some assistance to the Servios in the coming days but I am sure what has touched them more than anything is the love and support of the community.
Please keep Riddick's spirit alive in your every day endeavours.
The Servio Family has requested that the fundraising site be closed to donations as of 9:45 AM tomorrow, exactly one week after their precious boy was taken from them. As it currently stands, the community has generously donated $9,547 to help relieve some stresses on their long journey ahead.
I am proud to call you all neighbours and friends.
Thoughts on the vigil and the outpouring from the community...
I struggle to find the words to say to all of you. Honestly, you have changed my outlook on life, love and community. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough. I feel like we are all bonded through this tragedy and while The Servios have lost their precious boy, Riddick, we have gained a sense of community. Let's not lose that. Let's stop to say 'hello' on the street. Let's hold the doors for each other. Let's help out those around us in need. Let's worry less about how much we need and put more energy into living in the moment.
I do not want today to be the end of the community's support for The Servio Family. If you have anything that you wish to donate to The Servio's beyond cash or toys please send me a private message through this site (click "contact" under my name on the right hand side of the page). Things that may be helpful are offers of cleaning service, general labourers, counselling/grief support, a longer term meal plan, etc."¦ The journey for this family is going to be a long and difficult one and if you can lend a hand in any way, please let me know. I will be sure to pass along all of the offerings that I have already received once the family is ready.
Rest peacefully, sweet Riddick. Even though we never had the chance to meet I love you.
Just so that everyone is clear I don't know the family personally. I set up the site along with Laura Gondos who knows the family through daycare. We wanted to provide an outlet for the community to show their support to the family. We initially thought that a small group of people from our local Bidding Battles site would band together to generate enough funds to provide catering for the family for a short while. We had absolutely no idea that this would be as far-reaching as it is. At this point I do not feel comfortable talking to media without the blessing of the family (which I have asked Laura to confirm and she plans to do today). The support of our community is overwhelming and heartwarming. I am seriously left speechless at all this generosity.
We have nearly tripled our initial goal in under 6 hours. Because of the overwhelming support of our community all funds generated will be directly deposited to The Servio Family's bank account, for use as they see fit. We will provide them with the option of arranging a catering service if they deem it to be appropriate. Thank you to everyone for making this fundraising effort a success. May we shine a tiny bit of light on this family during this time of great sorrow.
On November 22, 2013 a horrific event took place which shattered The Servio Family. Their precious boy, Riddick, only two and a half years old, was tragically killed in a pedestrian car accident in Pitt Meadows. He was hand in hand with his mother, Rowena, when the event took place.
The community would like to show its support for this family during this very difficult time. Funds are being raised to provide the Servio Family with catered meals. Any donation amount helps. If you are not in a place to make a financial donation, please leave a comment for the family. We will make sure that your words of support are passed along.
Any donations collected in excess of the goal will be passed along to the family to be used at their discretion.
For information on the candlelit vigil scheduled for 6:30pm on Nov. 26 at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge, please click here.
For media coverage of the tragic event please click here.
No words can express the sorrow and pain that we feel for the loss of your precious son. As a mother of 2 young children, I imagine there is no pain more far-reaching and deeper than losing a child. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to your family during this tragic time. God bless.
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