Good rises out of tragedy

Adam McCloud Foundation helps family give back to community

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McCloud smiles at the camera with his nieces and nephews at Christmas time.

Almost two months after 29-year-old Adam McCloud died in October from injuries he suffered in an assault at a local bar, his family strives to create something positive from a bad situation by fundraising for a good cause.

After establishing the Adam McCloud Foundation shortly after his death, McCloud family spokesperson Larry Odebrecht said there was an amazing outpouring of support for the family and the foundation.

“It’s just been fantastic. We’ve had well over $10,000 worth of support come in. We’re hoping to turn it in to a 501c3 non-profit so it can continue to live on for a number of years,” Odebrecht said.

The first donation and fundraiser takes place this weekend for Toys for Tots. The family chose the organization because of McCloud’s love of Christmas and talent at gift-giving.

“Adam was a fantastic gift-giver. I thought it was just me, but it came out as people started talking about him at his funeral.” Odebrecht said of his brother-in-law. “Adam would just floor you with these fantastic gifts that showed he really was tuned in to what you wanted or needed. He was just a great guy. There was one story that someone told about a jerk having run over his kid’s skateboard in the street, Adam wasn’t there at the time but he found out what happened the next day and he came back with this high-end custom-made skateboard for this kid.”

The family hosts a Toys for Tots dinner fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The suggested donation is $10.

“We’re planning on donating $2,500 and we hope to raise about the same in toys,” Odebrecht said. “We’ll also add in whatever we make up at the door for entrance.”

This $5,000 donation is just the start. Odebrecht said that it’s likely that the foundation will primarily focus on Toys for Tots going forward because all of the donations stay in the community which he said is very important to the family.

When asked if setting up the foundation has helped the family through the past couple of months Odebrecht quickly said yes.

“It’s been really great, for his mom especially,” Odebrecht said. “It’s hard to say that there’s anything good that came out of this situation but to be able to put something good out there has been really helpful for us all.”

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Want to Help?

The family is looking for volunteers to staff the event. People are needed to help with set up crew (3:30 – 5:30), cooks (3:30 – 5:30), food servers (5:30 – 6:30/6:30 – 7:30), and clean up crew (8:30 – 9:30). They are also looking for gifts for the holiday gift shop that will be at the event. All proceeds from the gift shop will also benefit Toys for Toys as well. For more information call Tara at 651-538-4348.

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