Remembering 2 Friends With Toy Drive After Tragic Deaths

Wagswoofs – A toy drive and donation are being organized in memory of the two boys who tragically lost their lives at Lake Overholser this summer. A close friend of the boys is spearheading this initiative.

Charles White, 8 years old, fondly recalls Elijah Farrar and Kai Baker as two of his closest friends.

“Elijah, he was kind of like a big brother,” said White. “And Kai, he always invited me to his house.”

Chopper 4 took to the skies on July 10th to investigate reports of a potential drowning at Lake Overholser. The incident involved two individuals, Elijah and Kai, who were caught in a strong current.

Elijah was just 11 years old, while his younger brother Kai was 10.

“They were absolutely amazing to my son,” expressed Allison Grussendorf, the mother of Charles. “This has been an incredibly challenging period for us. It’s our first holiday season without our beloved boys, and it’s truly heart-wrenching. It’s an incredibly difficult time for us.”

In honor of the two boys, Charles and his mom are organizing a toy drive and donation event this Saturday, December 23rd.

Grussendorf mentioned that Charlie’s desire to help others stems from Elijah and Kai’s constant support and assistance to those around them.

The donation drive will take place at Bubba’s 33 in southwest Oklahoma City, where we will be accepting donations from the opening until closing time.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to families in need within the Putnam City School District. It is kindly requested that you bring unwrapped gifts for donation. Alternatively, monetary contributions are also welcome.

Grussendorf expressed gratitude for the immense support they have received from the community. “These kids and this community have been embraced by a large number of people, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” he stated.

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