#HugsFromHollyDay spreads kindness to celebrate the life of Todd Heap’s daughter
What an impact a simple idea can make.
Former Cardinal, Sun Devil and Mountain View High School product Todd Heap’s family turned a tragedy into a day that impacted those not just in Arizona and Baltimore — where the NFL tight end is most well-known — but across the country.
On April 14, Heap accidentally ran over and killed his 3-year-old daughter, Holly, and Wednesday marked what would have been her fourth birthday. In her honor, the family created HugsFromHolly.com and asked through the #HugsFromHollyDay hashtag for everyone to honor their daughter’s memory a few simple ways.
1. Wear pink.
2. Spread love and joy through hugs and other random acts of kindness.
3. Spread that love on social media using the #HugsFromHollyDay hashtag.
People responded to the sentiment and ran with it.
Those in football and even more outside of the NFL family did everything from buying a stranger coffee, to giving out a generous tip, to writing a message of encouragement to a loved one. And of course, they did it while wearing pink.
Here is a brief collection of highlights from Wednesday’s #HugsFromHollyDay.
— Mike Leach (@MikeLeach82) May 3, 2017
— patti sue nolan (@psnolan123) May 4, 2017
What a great blessing. I just had my Starbucks bill paid for by a mother and daughter duo on a mission to do #randomactsofkindness. When I asked why they say they were inspired by the #hugsfromhollyday started by Former Raven Todd Heap to remember her by. Pink was her favorite color. Now on a mission to #payitforward #blessed
— Jo Donovan (@JoJoddonovan) May 3, 2017
— Burns and Gambo (@BurnsAndGambo) May 3, 2017
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 4, 2017
— Laura Porter (@MsPorterGRMS) May 3, 2017
— Andrew Luberda (@NVR2L8_ASU) May 4, 2017
— AZ Helping Hands (@AZHelpingHands) May 3, 2017
— Trundle MacDennis (@TrundleMacD) May 3, 2017
— Jared Ryan (@TheRedMtnWay) May 3, 2017
— your Baltimoron (@jmm3rd) May 3, 2017
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 3, 2017