WAYLAND — A community has reached out to make sure a four-year-old who tragically lost his mother has a Christmas.
Shawn Martinez, 44, of Wayland lost her life in a car accident in North Dansville on Route 63 on Dec. 6 when she was trying to refuel her car.
Martinez left behind a four-year-old son, Mason, and one local man jumped into action to make sure this little boy had a Christmas.
Wayland-native Eric Williams II heard the heartbreaking story, and wanted to make a difference in this little boys life.
“I love my community, and sometimes we need to come together. Especially at a time like this when a four-year-old lost his mother, and doesn’t have his father,” he said. “The family has all of the medical expenses, and all of the funeral expenses. They weren’t going to be able to afford a Christmas. I didn’t like the sound of that. I didn’t want him to be without, so that is why I started everything.”
Mason has a medical problem that causes him to have seizures. This broke Williams’ heart as well, and so he is creating a trust fund for the boy. He put $1,000 in to start, and will put $500 in every year until he turns 18.
“Right now I wanted to take care of him for Christmas, but I also didn’t want him to have to worry about anything,” Williams said. “I lost my dad when I was 18, so this hit really close to home for me.”
The Hornell Fire Department, Springwater and Wayland EMS, Perkinsville Fire Department, and Livingston County EMS all want to pitch in to help the boy.
On Dec. 24 at around 2 p.m. these local fire departments and Santa Claus will be delivering the presents and donations to Mason.
Anyone wanting to donate toys, gift cards, or money to give him a beautiful Christmas can do so by dropping them off at 11461 Route 21 in Wayland Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If for any reason you can’t come to this location, but would still love to donate you can contact Williams at 585-519-8579 and he will pick up the gifts. Donations and gifts will be accepted until Dec. 24.
There has been an overwhelming outpour of love and support from people all over the nation. California, Long Island, and all over Western New York has come together for Mason.
Williams has collected over $300 for Mason so far, and he said more is coming.Williams is going to find out what else is needed for Christmas, and plans on providing that.
“Anything I can do to help I will do for Mason,” he said. “We are a small area, and so many people lose hope. I wanted to be that person that made a difference.”