Family of Jade Morris plans to donate teddy bears left in her memory
Stuffed animals were collected and donated to a local charity on Thursday. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been almost one month since the body of 10-year-old Jade Morris was found in the desert.
On Thursday, her family began taking down the memorial near that spot in North Las Vegas.
The family originally wanted to take down the memorial on the 27th, the day Jade was found last month. But when it started raining Thursday morning, they went to rescue the teddy bears left for Jade, so that they could bring comfort to someone else in need.
Jade's grandfather, Phil Tucker, hadn't been to the memorial in a few weeks, so he didn't realize that people were still visiting, lighting candles and dropping of mementos.
"It makes me feel great to know people in the Valley thought enough about Jade to bring her something," said Phil.
He said his granddaughter would have loved to see all of the toys.
Jade's family was especially touched by the handwritten notes left at the memorial, including some written by children.
"Those probably stand out the most to me, when people took time out of their busy schedule to think about you," said Phil.
Now he wants to do what he can to help others. He's collecting all of the toys left at the memorial and plans to donate them to local nonprofits or shelters to help others.
"I'm trying to make sure that someone gets enjoyment out of it, someone gets to play with it even if it's not her," said Phil.
He thinks Jade would have liked that.