A mother is keeping her son's legacy alive with a good cause.
 
A toy and food bank drive is being held on Tuesday (Nov.16) to honour Ares’ third birthday, a little boy killed in late 2019. His father, Damien Starrett, was charged in relation to his death.
 
“It’s such a weird thing for a parent to not be able to celebrate a child's birthday, but having an event like this keeps him alive for me at least,” said Ashton Bishop, Ares’ mother.
 
Bishop and one of her friends organized a similar event last year as a way to focus their energy on something constructive and beneficial to the community. While last year was strictly for toys, they included food donations this year to help struggling families.
 
Any donation, food or toy, will get you a photo with Santa Claus, who donated some time along with a photographer and a backdrop. Hot chocolate and candy canes will also be handed out at the event.
 
After the drive, event organizers will deliver donations to the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society who will distribute the donations over the Christmas season.
 
“[It] gives my family a bit of peace and some people in the community as well,” Bishop continued, “It’s a way to celebrate with giving back.”
 
The toy and food bank drive for Ares’ third birthday will take place in the parking lot area at the RCMP Park from 4-6 p.m. Anyone looking for more information can find it on their Facebook event page.