Xander Toliver had just turned one when he lost his life due to major head trauma he allegedly received at the hands of his mother's boyfriend. Before he passed, he spent several days on life support at primary children's hospital. On top of funeral costs, the family also has to deal with mounting medical bills. That’s why Andrew and Heidi Hardy set up this fundraiser.
Heidi Hardy is Xander’s mother’s cousin. She told ABC 4 Utah, "No mother should go through the heartbreak of losing their baby no matter what the circumstances."
Andrew is assistant manager at Taco Time and when he asked the owner if it was okay to hold a fundraiser she offered up both her Kaysville and
Owner Joy Gingrich told ABC 4 Utah, "Absolutely, not even a question. What can we do? And how can we do it?"
They’re sharing 10% of today's sales with Xander's family.
"I know our fundraiser says 5 to 8, but they've been coming all day,” said Hardy.
Family, friends and total strangers have been donating to the family and putting on purple ribbons to raise awareness of child abuse.
"I had heard it on the news and didn't realize it hit so close to home, but kids are a big part of my life and just wanted to do what I could to, I don't know, help,” said family friend Crystal Page.
Even the workers are doing everything they can to help.
Gingrich explained, "The crew here said they want to donate their entire tip jar from last month and this month so there's several hundred dollars there as well."
Xander's relatives say the generosity of the community means so much.
Hardy said, "Just know they're all grateful for the love and prayers and support they've received from the public."
If you missed today's event but still want to help out another fundraiser is being held this Wednesday at the Taco Time in Salt Lake from 5 to 8 p.m. Donation jars have also been set up at both locations and will be up all month long.