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Toy drive held in honor of fallen MSHP trooper

The toy drive is a way to remember Trooper Bava while carrying on his acts of generosity.
Trooper James Bava

A Missouri State Trooper who died in the line of duty will continue to have a positive impact on the community this Christmas season.

Trooper James Bava was killed in a crash in 2015 while trying to pull over a speeding suspect in Audrain County.

Bava's sister got the idea for a toy drive when she remembered something he did when he was just a kid. At 9-years-old, he won a gift certificate to Toys-R-Us and donated the toys to the Salvation Army. His family said he never lost that love of giving toys to kids, adding the toy drive is a way to remember him while carrying on his acts of generosity.

James Bava's mother plans to drive across the state of Missouri, with planned stops along seven different Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters. The toys will be delivered later this month to St. Louis Children's Hospital in honor of Bava's birthday.

Last year, the toy drive collected more than $18,000 worth of toys for injured or sick children.

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