Former NFL tight end Todd Heap and his family went through an unimaginable tragedy. Now, they're looking to spread joy.
Police say Heap was moving a truck in the family's driveway on April 14, when he accidentally hit and killed his 3-year-old daughter Holly.
Now, after the outpouring of condolences and sympathy from friends, the Heap family wants to pay it forward.
The family has started the website "hugsfromholly.com" in memory of Holly, who would have turned 4 on Wednesday.
"Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious," a statement on the site reads. "Let's spread this joy as we scatter sunshine in Holly's honor on her birthday."
The former Pro Bowl tight end played 12 seasons in the NFL, for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, before retiring in 2013.
"Smile more," the site reads. "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!"
The family has also created the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday, and they ask participants to share their acts of kindness and post them on social media.
Hugsfromholly.com also includes an option to make a donation in their daughter's honor to the Baltimore Community Foundation, a group of charities that benefit the Baltimore area.
"Share this! Shout it from the rooftops!" the site continues. "Let's spread kindness and love and make Wednesday a HOLLYday!"
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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