NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One man familiar with tragedy is hoping to turn his family's heartbreak into hope for others this Christmas.
Daniel Hambrick was fatally shot by a Metro Nashville police officer two years ago. Sunday, Daniel's cousin, Sam Hambrick, held a "Hambrick Strong" kids toy drive at Watkins Park in honor of Daniel.
Sam said more than 1,000 donations, ranging from clothes to toys to bicycles, were collected for families in the community. He said he is amazed, and is thankful for the support.
"You know last night I couldn't sleep. It's like when I was little looking under the Christmas tree, waiting to look up on the Christmas tree. I'm so filled with joy just to be able to do this. God is good and I'm just willing to bless a lot of people this year, it's a blessing," said Sam.
He added this is the first of what will be an annual toy drive. Gifts will be distributed to local families on Tuesday.