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#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.

“#HugsFromHollyDay” – @eric.weddle 📷Eric Weddle/TW

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