#HugsFromHollyDay spreads kindness to celebrate the life of Todd Heap’s daughter
May 3, 2017, 7:48 PM | Updated: May 4, 2017, 11:30 am
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.
Happy #hugsfromhollyday! pic.twitter.com/aCKZt80YX0
— Mike Leach (@MikeLeach82) May 3, 2017
Dinner for a friend who just came home after surgery. #hugsfromholly pic.twitter.com/Sp9dITVEPm
— 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
City of Mesa Parks & Recreation 💖 #hugsfromhollyday #hugsfromholly pic.twitter.com/iChGe9UOaX
— Jo Donovan (@JoJoddonovan) May 3, 2017
We are wearing pink and spreading joy through random acts of kindness in Holly's honor. #HugsFromHollyDay pic.twitter.com/YSuGvJtvmf
— Burns and Gambo (@BurnsAndGambo) May 3, 2017
We're lighting it up pink tonight. #HugsFromHollyDay pic.twitter.com/nkGpI7ULgB
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 4, 2017
#hugsforhollyday appreciating my students a bit extra today. 💕 pic.twitter.com/k6DI4h0tKS
— Laura Porter (@MsPorterGRMS) May 3, 2017
The @QC_football team @HarkinsTheatres in QC supporting the Heap family in #HugsFromHollyDay. pic.twitter.com/8ZClf3bjZQ
— Andrew Luberda (@NVR2L8_ASU) May 4, 2017
We gave HUGE #Hugsforhollyday to this amazing foster mom who just took in 6 children in desperate need of a home! #StandUp. pic.twitter.com/1kCqmiRkgc
— AZ Helping Hands (@AZHelpingHands) May 3, 2017
I don't have any pink to wear but I will be dropping these off at random places for #HugsFromHollyDay pic.twitter.com/UWY1Ai9Ccx
— Trundle MacDennis (@TrundleMacD) May 3, 2017
#HugsFromHolly @TheRedMtnWay Celebrate Holly by focusing on acts of kindness. Proud of our school #Influence @mpsaz @espn pic.twitter.com/bsayRZYaBc
— Jared Ryan (@TheRedMtnWay) May 3, 2017
Munchkins for the staff and bought a stranger's order at the drive through. Practice a random act of kindness TODAY! #hugsforhollyday pic.twitter.com/QZVzzC2hi5
— your Baltimoron (@jmm3rd) May 3, 2017
Our staff came together this afternoon to honor Holly and the Heap family. 🎀 #HugsFromHollyDay pic.twitter.com/ShXy078t1E
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 3, 2017