C'mon Get Happy: Natalie Turned Sadness Into Help for Other Kids

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Hunter Henderson was an adorable, energetic 4-year-old who died after an accident at his home in South Austin. He was a huge fan of superheroes. All of his friends and neighbors were devastated by his unexpected death. One girl, Natalie Smith, knew and loved young Hunter. She was upset with his passing and visited a counselor at her school. The counselor suggested that maybe Natalie could take her sadness and turn it into help for other people.  Natalie's mom said Natalie loved that idea and ran with it--and so was born Hunter's Heroes, a superhero-themed toy drive to help patients at Dell Children's Medical Center. Natalie is collecting new, unopened superhero themed toys, action figures, coloring books, socks, games, and pajamas to kids at Dell Children's in early February. 

Chance Henderson, Hunter's dad,  is an Austin Police Department officer. He says once the drive is complete, donations will be transported to Dell Children’s via a police SWAT vehicle.


How to Help: Hunter’s Heroes will be collecting new, unopened superhero-themed action figures, books, coloring books, socks, games and pajamas through Feb. 1. Items may be dropped off at the Circle C Community Center, 7817 La Crosse Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Monetary donations for the Henderson family can be made through Austin Cops for Charities, austinc4c.com.

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