Cason Family buys toys for children in the community as a way to ease their pain after losing a loved one in a shooting this March.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After losing a loved one in a shooting this year, the Cason family has decided to give back to the community this Christmas instead of buying gifts for each other.
Shiny brand new bikes were lined up at Charles Reece Park along with toys for children in the community - all purchased and donated by the Cason family as an attempt to relieve the pain from losing one of their own.
"Just letting the kids smile that uhm, pretty much ease our pain at this point," says Thelmeica Cason, the aunt of murder victim Bernard Cason.
This is the family's first Christmas without their loved one. 29-year-old Bernard Cason was shot and killed this March while he was sitting in his car in Northwest Jacksonville. The murder remains unsolved.
"We just have to teach our kids with the violence, it's not about violence anymore, put the guns down and just get out and have fun, this is just about having fun," says the victim's aunt
Cason leaves behind a 3-year-old son who also got to be a part of the toy giveaway aimed to get the children outdoors to play and just be kids.
"Hopefully this will start a trend, it will be something we will do annually every year just get back some toys and in recognition from the Cason's and tell everybody how much we love them thanking the community for everything they've done to help us in dealing with his murder," says the victim's aunt.
If you'd like to make a toy donation to a child in need this Christmas there's still time. Click on this link to Marine Toys for Tots drop-off locations in Jacksonville.
First Coast News