Nothing can fill the emptiness left by the death of 34-year-old Debra Majkut this summer, but you can help deliver some joy to her children this holiday season.
A Christmas gift drive is underway for 12-year-old Jacob and nine-month-old Jaxon.
The Salvation Army is accepting gifts at the Amherst United Methodist Church, 553 South Main St. Hours are 6-8 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 23, 30, and Dec. 7; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 and 8.
There will be times for wrapping and organizing gifts for delivery the week of Dec. 14.
Gifts will also be accepted at Simply Deneen Photography, 22078 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park. Drop off items at that location and receive a free five-by-seven certificate.
On Jacob’s wish list are a snow cone maker, spy gear, Kalahari gift cards, Ohio State University bedroom decor (full bed), XBox 1, and size 14 to 16 youth or men’s small clothing.
His favorite color is red and he loves basketball pants and shorts — anything sports.
For Jaxon, the list includes clothes for 18 months through toddler size three, age-appropriate toys, size four to six diapers, and a Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Chair.
The whole family could use movie tickets, bowling gift certificates, gift cards to local restaurants, sporting event tickets, board games, and gift cards to Toys R Us, Kmart, and Dave & Buster’s.
In lieu of a gift, wrapping paper and gift bags would also be appreciated.
The lists were provided to the News-Times by Kristi Gaetz of Simply Deneen Photography and originated from the boys’ aunt.
“Debra Majkut was tragically taken away from her family this past July from her house on Rt. 58 in Amherst. It was just a normal day when a car came crashing into the living room instantly killing her and injuring her two young children,” Gaetz wrote in an email with the lists. “James, her husband, is struggling emotionally and financially. Please help us bring the light of their mother’s spirit to life this holiday season.”
She said James Majkut, a miner with Cargill Salt, returned to work this past week. He plans to fix and move back into the home where his wife was killed.