Toy company donates to girls affected by tornado

DREW PLANTATION, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After tornadoes demolished parts of Arkansas a few weeks ago, someone made a simple post for help on Facebook. That comment on social media lit a fuse that is burning bright in Drew Plantation. A town in northern Maine where the toy company Elves and Angels is on a mission of mercy to a family in Arkansas.

When the companies owner, David Smalley, heard the story of Master Sgt Dan Wassom he knew he needed to do something to help the family. Wassom was killed last month when a tornado in his hometown of Vilonia, Arkansas ripped through his neighborhood destroying his house. He died protecting his wife and two daughters from the storm, who are just 5 and 7-years-old.

"I was very moved," said Smalley.

After a Facebook follower on Elves and Angels page suggested the company do something for the little girls, Smalley decided to raise $1,400 worth of wooden toys to donate to the girls. It didn't take long before those funds were raised and then some. Though toys will never replace a father, Smalley hopes that it brings a welcome distraction while they try to rebuild their lives.

"There's the suffering of the thing, but there is also new hope," said Smalley. "There is something new, and that's why I wanted to do it."

Elves and Angels has set up an online fundraiser for the Wassom Family on www.youcaring.com.


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