Denison family holding school supply drive in memory of 16-month-old boy

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

DENISON, TX -- When Jacque Matthews and Jordan Carson showed up to dance camp Thursday, they weren't just thinking of themselves.

"there's some kids who aren't as fortunate as us and they don't have parents who buy them new school supplies each year," Matthews said.

The supply drive is in memory of 16-month-old Gage Gordy, who passed away last November.

"The 17th of this month would have been his birthday, so this is our family's way of coping with not having him here," said Lacie Giasson, Gage's aunt.

Gage's family started the drive called "Gage's Pages" to help local families who couldn't afford new school supplies.

"A way to give back to the community who was so helpful to us when we were in our grieving process," Giasson said.

The organization is collecting donations at Dance Xplosion on Main Street in Denison.

"I've known the Lowing family for a long time. I went to school with Lacie," said Owner Mattie Quate.

Quate said they wanted a location downtown - so she offered up her studio.

"Kids are all around here, so it'd be a great place to get kids involved as well," she said.

And she encouraged her students to donate - like 1st grader Beka Brown, who gave her own money to the cause.

"I was helping around at my house and doing chores," she said.

Being teachers themselves, Gage's aunts say they know how important school supplies are to the kids.

"I've seen their faces when they don't have the supplies everyone else does. So we're looking forward to putting smiles on some kids' faces this year," Giasson said.

The drive continues through Friday.

The family is happy with the success of the drive so far. They say it's a good way for Gage's memory to live on.

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