July 22, 2010
As each year passes, the memory of Andrew Baber does anything but fade. In fact, it grows stronger, along with a food drive set up in his honor.
"It does make me think a lot about him, not that I don't think about him all the time," said his mother, Colleen.
Andrew's coworkers from Domino's Pizza came up with the idea for the Dinner with Andrew Food Drive.
"[Andrew's boss] thought thought it was a great way to preserve Andrew's memory because Andrew just lit up people's lives," Domino's manager Heather Notarangelo said.
So, what was dinner like when the 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound athlete was around?
"It didn't really matter what it was, as long as there was a lot of it," Baber said.
Andrew loved serving pizza. That ability to serve lives on.
"The last week at Woodbrook Elementary School [where I work], we had a jump-start food drive, and they brought in 600 items, which is a lot and a wonderful start," Baber said.
The annual collection calms his mother's biggest fear -- that people will forget your child.
He's a hero who may no longer be with us, but no doubt continues to deliver.
The food collected goes to about a half-dozen organizations in central Virginia, including the Salvation Army and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, groups that are always looking to have their food supply replenished.
The Charlottesville Domino's location is accepting food items until Aug. 1.