Syracuse Woman Creates Holiday Toy Drive For Children Without a Mother or Father Syracuse Woman Creates The Golden Child's Toy Drive

Euhura Grainger's son, La'Kquan Golden, was murdered in 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The 2019 murder of 25-year-old La’Kquan Golden left five children without their father.

On June 5, 2019,  Golden was shot several times on the 100 block of Rockland Avenue. Golden was transported to Upstate Medical University in critical condition where he was pronounced dead.

Euhura Grainger, Golden’s mother, wanted to spread her son’s story in hopes of preventing other families from having to go through tragedies like her own. Grainger created the first annual Golden Child’s Toy Drive for children who go through the holiday season without a mother or father.

“I wanted to give back to the community and to make my son’s tragic event become a positive legacy,” Grainger said. “God just touched me and said ‘do a toy drive.’ His [La’Kquan’s] birthday is December 23, and we always celebrated Christmas and his birthday together.”

The impact of gun violence doesn’t just affect the person killed, Grainger said.

“People don’t realize that when they shoot somebody or kill somebody, they’re leaving that child fatherless. They’re leaving that mother childless. You’re impacting a family.”

That’s the thought from which Grainger’s idea of a toy drive emerged.

“My vision was to give back to them and make them feel loved and thought about,” Grainger said.

Grainger is a part of Mothers Against Gun Violence, Believe in Syracuse and Southern Missionary Baptist Church, among other things. Golden was Euhura Grainger’s first child. Grainger gave birth to Golden at 16 years old.

“His [La’Kquan’s] kids were his world. Everything he did, he did for his kids because he watched me raise him and his brother and sister by myself,” said Grainger, who is a grandmother of six. “He loved to play. If La’Kquan wasn’t playing or joking, something was wrong.”

You can donate toys for children six weeks to 13 years old at Southern Missionary Baptist Church  on Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 from 10:30am-2:30pm. If you cannot donate on those days, call 803-477-2116 to set up another day and time to donate.


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