Toy drive in honor of slain Mayfield Heights girl kicks off

Toy drive in honor of slain Mayfield Heights girl kicks off
Olivia's dream was to organize a toy drive for under-privileged children

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The father of 8-year-old murder victim Olivia Schneider is organizing a toy drive in her memory.

Kurt Schneider says his daughter’s wish was to make sure all children receive an abundance of love and joy for the holidays.

Thanks to her community, even after her death, that dream is becoming a reality.

Toy drive kicks off in honor of slain 8-year-old Mayfield Heights girl

“Olivia was a gentle kind student. We had a saying that she was a rainbow and that she was all about kindness,” recalled Lander Elementary School Principal Felicia Evans.

However, since Olivia and her mother, Rebecca Pletnewski, were killed in an arson-related fire at their Mayfield Heights home this past November, the school has been working to keep her memory alive.

“Olivia really wanted to do a toy drive for kids at Christmas time. So, we said that is a great idea and a great way to help our students, to help our staff and help our Mayfield community really heal from this,” said Principal Evans.

Decorated by Olivia’s classmates with hearts and rainbows, you can find these Toys for Tots boxes all throughout the Mayfield area.

“That’s the thing about the Mayfield community. We’re very strong and we’re very proud and we always want to see what we can do for the students,” added Principal Evans.

You now have through Dec. 15 to drop off a new, unwrapped toy in Olivia’s dedication at any of the following locations:

  • UH Walker Building
  • Lander Elementary
  • Mayfield Middle School
  • Mayfield High School
  • Gates Mill Elementary
  • Mayfield Center Elementary
  • Mayfield Preschool
  • Sunview Elementary
  • Lyndhurst Police Dept
  • Lyndhurst Fire Dept
  • Mayfield Heights Police Dept
  • Mayfield Village Fire Dept
  • Mayfield Community Center
  • Scalpers Bar and Grille
  • Highland Hts Public Services
  • Casa Bella Hair Design

“It’s a pretty big drive and we’re excited to see how many toys that we can get to honor Olivia,” concluded Principal Evans.

Dominque Swopes, 27, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Olivia and her mother.

His pre-trial is set for Dec. 10 and he’s currently being held on $5 million bond.

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