Forget-Me-Not Fun Fair In Honour Of Maximus Huyskens

I’m not an advocate. And I’m not an event organizer. I’m just a mom, who, like many other moms and dads in my community and beyond, wanted to do more than just say that the loss of this boy was a tragedy that has affected us deeply


 

A few weeks ago I wrote about a tragic case of a two-year-old boy who was accidentally left alone in a hot car all day by his grandmother, and died. The story haunted me. Not just because of how close to where I live this little boy lived, but because he was a happy spunky two-year-old, much like my own. It hit very close to home. In every way.


I couldn’t imagine how those parents must feel. I wanted to do something, anything, to help ease their pain.

I wasn’t alone.

One night, Adriana S said in the local buy and sell group what I, and many other people like me, had been thinking and feeling for a while. “I want to do something for this family,” she said. “I don’t know what, but I feel like I need to do something.”

Rose P and I were on line that night and responded within seconds saying “I feel the same way.”

From those four words was born an event coming up this weekend that is beyond any of our wildest dreams. Because it wasn’t just Adriana, Rose and I who felt an urgent need to help these parents and their surviving children.  Dozens upon dozens of other moms said the same.

And so, the Forget-Me-Not Fun Fair was born.

In just three weeks, with the help of countless members of the community and local vendors, Rose, Adriana and I are honoured to host an event that we are throwing as the best birthday party young Maximus could ever have hoped to have. There will be free pony rides and bouncy castles, face painting, arts and crafts, ride-on toys for the little ones and a clown and a musician.

We have St. John Ambulance, UNICEF, Red Cross and car seat clinics, to help raise awareness to keep our children safe.

We have BBQ.

We have Sno Cones and popcorn and cotton candy and cupcakes.

And we have mom-to-mom and business vendors from our community and beyond, donating a portion or entirety of their proceeds to a charitable account set up for the family.

The family of this little boy didn’t ask for us to do this. Our original goal was to have a little mom-to-mom sale (we all met in the buy and sell group after all) to raise enough money to do something nice for the family. But Maximus’s parents didn’t want anything for themselves. They just wanted to do something, anything, to bring a smile to the faces of their surviving children. So we made sending them all to Disney World as our ‘aim for the stars’ goal.

This event has become so much more than we could have ever imagined. It is humbling and heart warming to see how this community has rallied for this family.

The money raised will go so much further than we intended. Now, two amazing charities will also get a boost; UNICEF and Kids and Cars, a little known charity with a sole purpose of educating people on car safety for kids, securing doors and windows and car seats, and educating people on why kids should never be left in cars.

I’m not an advocate. And I’m not an event organizer. I’m just a mom, who, like many other moms and dads in my community and beyond, wanted to do more than just say that the loss of this boy was a tragedy that has affected us deeply.

None of us involved in the planning of this event feel we are doing anything extraordinary. All we are doing is coming together as friends, as a community, and as neighbours, to help a family just like our own, to let them know we are here, and that we hurt for them.

We want to honour Maximus Huyskens in the grandest way we can.

We must never forget. We will never forget.

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