A Shortsville family is collecting toys and clothing to deliver to Adam Chase’s 5-year-old son on Christmas Day.
When Heather Skyner learned of the death of family friend Adam Chase and the subsequent arrest of his wife, Rose Chase, she knew she wanted to do something to help his family.
After the disappearance of Mr. Chase, of Stanley, back in June, Rose Chase was charged last Friday with second-degree murder in connection with his death. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case, and Rose Chase is due back in Canandaigua City Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
The Chases’ son, Trysten, who turned 5 in September, is now in the care of Mr. Chase’s family, said Skyner, of Shortsville.
To help brighten his holiday, she and her husband, Jason, have organized a donation drive.
“This is something for Trysten to enjoy, and he deserves it,” said Heather. “In my eyes, this little boy is innocent. He did not ask for any of this.”
They have set up a donation box at Jason’s employment, Mike Barnard Chevrolet Buick in Geneva, and are collecting such items as clothes and toys for Trysten. Heather said Trysten is currently a size 6, but larger sizes for him to grow into will also be accepted. He loves SpongeBob SquarePants and dinosaurs, she added.
Donations will be collected now through 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Heather said people interested in donating can also contact her or her husband to make arrangements to drop off donations.
“Any money or gifts received will be donated to Trysten on Christmas,” said Heather, adding that her family will bring him the gifts on Christmas Day. “It’s all for Trysten right now.”