Floyd Miley didn’t know Leondrae Ridley personally, however the news of his death really impacted his life.
Leondrae was shot and killed outside of his residence in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 1, 2017. At the time of his murder, his five children (ages 5, 6, 10, 11, and 13) were sleeping inside of the home.
Aside of the children he left behind, Leondrae also had a fiancée, Stannisha Battle.
Although Floyd never knew who this man was, he felt a need to assist Stannisha and the kids enjoy the first holiday season without Leondrae being there. He said, “To lose a father, provider, protector and then to experience the first Christmas — it’s really terrible.”
Floyd decided he wanted to do something special, so he collected gifts for Leondrae’s five kids and spent his Christmas Day delivering those presents to their front door.
Stannisha says the gifts for her kids mean the world. She’s still trying to adjust to life without Leondrae, who she says “would take them to their practices, take them to their games, take them to school in the morning, pick them up in the evenings… He would do all of that. So the kids, they really looked up to him.”
Even though Christmas presents won’t ever bring Leondrae back, it was a small spark of light in a time that has been so dark for his family. Knowing that there are people out there thinking about them — even total strangers — can hopefully help Leondrae’s kids look forward to a brighter future.
Watch the video below to meet Floyd and Leondrae’s family, and please SHARE this touching video on Facebook.