The Trucks for Maddox Charitable Trust started its holiday toy drive on Monday, the one-year anniversary of the death of the toddler, who was fatally mauled last year at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
The charitable trust, which achieved nonprofit status last month, will collect toy construction trucks and distribute them to local charities.
“This was a simple request made from his parents because of his love of sharing and his love for toy trucks,” said nonprofit spokeswoman Megan Hindes LeFebvre, a family friend of Elizabeth and Jason Derkosh, of Whitehall.
Maddox Derkosh, then 2, was killed when he fell in the zoo’s African painted dog exhibit Nov. 4, 2012.
The family released a statement Monday, via their attorney.
“It is not possible to express our deep sense of loss one year after the death of the joy of our life, Maddox,” the statement reads. “He is in our thoughts and prayers every day. Maddox was thoughtful of others beyond his tender years and would be so happy to know that the Trucks for Maddox holiday toy-truck drive to benefit Christmas charities is not only continuing but also expanding.”
Drop box locations, including four in Philadelphia, are listed at trucksformaddox.org.
The family collected more than 5,000 trucks during the effort last year.