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Family Who Lost Son Donates Christmas Gifts To Salvation Army Angel

Reported by: Send eMail Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Dec. 6, 2013 1:42 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 11:10 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A Sissonville couple going through a family tragedy is giving back during their time of grief.

J.D. and Amanda Beane lost their two and a half year old son, Josiah, two weeks ago to gastroschisis. He was born with a hole in his abdominal wall causing his intestines to stick out. Josiah went through seven surgeries since he was born until he lost his battle in November.

"He was just a really wonderful kid," said his father, J.D. Beane.

"He was just a fun little two year old," said his mother, Amanda Beane. "You wouldn't think that a two year old would have such an impact on people's lives but he made such a difference in everyone he came in contact with."

The Beane's had already bought just about all of Josiah's Christmas gifts and said they didn't feel right holding on to them.

"We were walking through the mall picking out his burial outfit and we saw the Angel Tree for the Salvation Army," Amanda said. "And right away I knew that we had to pick one of these kids. That's what we were supposed to do with those presents."

One angel, named Nathan, stood out to the Beane's and they knew that was the one.

"My son was in to Mickey Mouse, anything Disney, Moster Trucks, so I looked down and it was like the third or fourth one that I seen -- two years old, liked Mickey Mouse, liked trucks and needed clothes and I was like this is just perfect," said J.D.

On Friday, the Beane's dropped off Josiah's Christmas gifts to the Salvation Army for Nathan.

"I hope that the little boy will enjoy them as much as I know my son would have and that they cherish every moment they have with their kids."

A family sharing the Christmas spirit with another family giving true meaning to what this season is all about.

The Beane's are also hoping to raise awareness about gastroschisis. They're hoping to hold an awareness event next summer in Charleston.

A fund has been set up at Wesbanco for the family to pay for Josiah's tombstone.



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