On Monday, we told you about a toy drive in honor of a Sevierville woman who was the victim of domestic violence.
Leah Avril was 18 years old when she was shot and killed by a young man she was dating at the time. Wednesday, her family loaded up their cars full of the toys, clothing and other donations that have been donated by folks in Sevier County.
"Leah had the most amazing smile; that's the thing we'll never forget, and I know that she's looking down smiling and very excited," said Amy Thomason, Leah's sister.
Last year they collected over 300 toys; this year that count is up to 415. Women and children at SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter, received these donations on Wednesday.
"Domestic violence is hard, especially at Christmas time. Families are uprooted and have to be at a shelter at Christmas and thinking they're not going to have anything because they come in with nothing, literally nothing on their backs other than their clothes. So for these kids to wake up Christmas morning and have presents, it's unspeakable," said Van Wolfe, executive director of SafeSpace.
"Leah would be so proud of this. She would be so happy to see all these toys here," said Gladys Boling, Leah's grandmother.
Different items like scarves, blankets and gloves were collected for the women as well.