Son's legacy lives on with toy, coat drive


Mike and Suzanne Groom spent nearly $12,000 Friday night buying toys for dozens of needy kids at the Target off of Lynn Road in Raleigh.

The couple plans to donate the truck full of goodies to Toys for Tots on Saturday. They were inspired by their 19-year-old son Chris, who was killed in a car accident 10 years ago.

At his funeral, his parents found out Chris secretly donated $100 of his small salary to give to needy children. Since then, his parents have raised money to give back to the community.

"There's nothing that I wouldn't do to have one more moment with our son and, since that's not going to happen, we can deal with it in one of many ways," said Suzanne Groom. "We've chosen to try and make a positive change in his memory. That will make a lasting impression."

Chris' memory lives on another charity as well. His parents created "Chris' Coats for Kids," which supplies wardrobes for children in need.

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