Olivia Hayes, 10, was on her way to school on a rainy day in August 2008, when an armored truck struck the school bus she was riding on. Days later, Olivia died. To cope with their loss, Olivia’s parents, Norman and Nikki Hayes founded a non-profit organization to honor their daughter’s compassionate spirit. Livvy’s Love Inc. supports youth in education, community service and extra-curricular activities.
“Olivia had aspirations to become a lawyer, teacher and a preacher,” said Norman Hayes. “Though my little angel has gone too soon, she is able to fulfill these dreams through this organization by giving deserving children access to fair opportunities in educational enrichment and inspiring the spirit of compassion in others.”
“Olivia was the nurturer in our family,” added Nikki Hayes. “Though the loss of her has been an indescribable hurt, we celebrate the gift of her life.... This is an excellent way to give back in the new year and for MLK weekend. There are so many children in need of assistance. Olivia would be so proud.”
On Jan. 14, Livvy’s Love Inc. held its first Livvy’s Love Fun Run/Walk at Stone Mountain Park. Funds raised from the event will benefit youth development grants and scholarships. The event was sponsored in part by the Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, Universal Fitness Solutions, a national bicycle retailer, Rock Hard Fitness, Hudgons Photography, The Copy Shoppe, Sun Digitizing, Creative Tent Events, Roly Poly Sandwiches and Dick Famous.
There were approximately 500 participants and nearly $10,000 was raised for Livvy’s Love,Inc.
For more information about the organization, please visit www.livvysloveinc.org.