WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's been four years since Garrick Newsome's 11-year-old son Alex was killed in a baseball accident.
The year after he died, Alex's parents teamed up with NourishNC and arranged a local food drive in his honor called "Food 2 Help."
Newsome said food was Alex's passion and that child hunger was always something that bothered him.
"Child hunger bothered Alex and we can't think of a better way to honor his memory than to team up with NourishNC," Newsome said.
Newsome said he believes his son would be proud of what they have been doing for the community with the food drive over the past four years.
"He would be unbelievably blown away by it all," Newsome said. "He would be glad that his name is a part of something that is giving back to Wilmington, to the community, to children that don't have enough to eat."
Newsome described his son as a typical 11-year-old who grew up playing multiple sports, with baseball being his passion. He spent most his time at Winter Park Optimist playing for the Wilmington Waves.
He was manager for the Roland-Grise baseball team in sixth grade and enjoyed experimenting with a variety of cuisines which is why he had decided that when he grew up he wanted to be "a baseball player and a chef."
In the four years of this food drive, New Hanover County schools, youth baseball organizations, churches and businesses have all participated.
This week, organizers with the drive began collecting items at Winter Park. They will be out there from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. through Thursday this week.
They will also be collecting all next week at New Hanover County elementary and middle schools as well as at Harris Teeters on Apr. 21 and 22.
For more information on where to donate, visit their Facebook page.
The food drive's goal this year is to beat last year's record of 27,000 collected food items.