‘She is going to continue her legacy’: Father donates daughter’s dolls to military family victimized by fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 8, 2015) -- An Indianapolis military family lost their home last week in a fire. Army Major Chris Crawford and his wife have seven daughters.

Over the weekend, Colts punter Pat McAfee donated $7,000 for the family to shop for new clothes.

Monday afternoon, a FOX59 viewer stepped up to give the family another touching gift.

"My daughter was a very giving person. When she was young, she collected tons and tons of dolls," explained John Brown, a retired Army veteran who felt compelled to help the Crawford family.

"My wife and I saw the story on FOX and said we've absolutely got to do it,” said Brown.

The dozens of dolls and Barbies were once cherished by his daughter, Stephanie.

"My daughter loved her dolls and loved playing with them," said Brown.

So Monday afternoon, Brown gave the Crawford girls the dolls.

It took incredible strength because Brown's 23-year-old daughter Stephanie died unexpectedly just last week.

"I have no doubt that my daughter is sitting there with a very big grin on her face because she absolutely loved kids.  I have been amazed since her passing as to the amount of people she reached out and touched. She is going to continue her legacy today," said Brown.

Major Crawford and his wife Marie were moved to tears.

"It broke my heart hearing that story. Total strangers helping us out, it is more than I can say," said Major Crawford.

Added wife Marie, "We now have a friend in heaven."

A friend whose love for these dolls lives on.

The Wish for Our Heroes organization also donated a computer to the family. The organization is still taking donations for the Crawford family. Hoosiers can text America to 20222 and your donation goes directly to the family.

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