Family who lost daughter, grandson to tragedy builds, donates toy boxes in their honor; Franklin Police host toy drive to fill them

dsc00915On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after they got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65 in Franklin. Nearly two years later, Kristi’s parents, Brad and Bonnie Lewis, stay very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. Now the bond brought about by tragedy will bring help to needy families this Christmas, in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.

Mr. Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in Kristi and Carter’s honor. He and his wife have donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families. “Kristi and Carter’s lives were cut short while they were helping others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are now honored to help others in their memory.”

The Franklin Police Department needs new toy donations to fill the toy boxes made by Kristi’s dad, Carter’s grandpa. Citizens can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 12-years-old and leave it in the toy box in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby. New toy donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Monetary donations are unable to be accepted.

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Proud partners of the FPD Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley Memorial Toy Drive include Franklin Rotary at Breakfast, the Cool Springs Belk Security team, Franklin’s Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership, and caring Franklin citizens.
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