DAYTON, Ohio (WHIO) -- Friends and family gathered Saturday night to remember a young boy whose death was shadowed by sadness, but because he was an organ donor will give a second chance to other children in need.
Two-year-old Jasper Hollenbaugh was struck by a vehicle on Randolph Street in late May and later died on June 7 at Dayton Children’s Hospital, where officials say his organs were used to help other children.
“Somebody got his heart; another kid got his two kidneys,” said Angelina Hollenbaugh, Jasper’s mother. “And somebody else got his corneas so they can see.”
A crowd gathered on Randolph Street to read poems, light candles and lay stuffed animals around a tree decorated with a picture of the toddler who was killed.
“He was a two year old that didn’t even take a nap in the daytime,” said Angelina. “He was always so hyper and crazy.”
On a daily basis in Ohio more than 3,000 people statewide are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the Department of Health.
Family and friends of Jasper from around the world and are honoring his death and memories. A friend of Jasper’s godmother is stationed in Afghanistan, and troops there flew a flag at half mast to remember him.
“(The flag) has been shipped all the way back here to the family with a certificate so that we all have something to remember him by,” said Angel Rider, Jasper’s godmother.
Services for Jasper Hollenbaugh will be held Monday at Newcomer Funeral Home in Kettering for family and friends.