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Needy children gain from slain girl's memorial

Posted November 25, 2010

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— The death of a Hickory girl may serve to benefit other needy children in Catawba County. 

The Hickory Police Department's Cops for Tots has seen an increase in donations of toys and money since the tragic story of Zahra Baker's disappearance surfaced, Capt. Gary Lee said. 

Zahra, 10, was reported missing Oct. 9. On Nov. 12, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced that searchers had found her remains near Dudley Shoals Drive in Caldwell County.

Toys given in memory of Zahra Baker Toys given in honor of Zahra Baker

Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, who was jailed for trying to throw off investigators with a bogus ransom note, led police to the areas where the remains were found, though she has not been charged in Zahra's death.

The owner of the home where Zahra lived with her father and stepmother donated stuffed animals and other toys left on the property in her memory to the Cops for Tots program. And he was not the only one.

Lee said the police department has had people ask to donate in memory of Zahra.

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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 1, 2010

    Less tots, less toys, more money for my chrome wheels and stereo!

  • Mugu Dec 1, 2010

    I donated a box of prophylactics at the last Toys for Tots drive... for less tots.

  • SweetB Nov 29, 2010

    I agree as well.
    Her light continues to shine and will do so more than any of us will know. May we continue to learn from the sweet innocence of unconditional love...angels are all around.
    xo rip zahra

  • anneonymousone Nov 25, 2010

    I agree, WayneBoyd. If only we could always remember that love is stronger than abuse and fear.

  • wayneboyd Nov 25, 2010

    Proof positive that love is an unstoppable force. Bless you sweetheart

  • RB-1 Nov 25, 2010

    akgibson20 - "Her kind and giving soul continues to live on...an earthly angel will live on in spirit. God bless her and those who give."

    AMEN!!!

  • akgibson20 Nov 25, 2010

    Her kind and giving soul continues to live on...an earthly angel will live on in spirit. God bless her and those who give.