Family sponsors drive to honor Richardson

Published 4:37 pm Saturday, November 14, 2015

For the sixth year, the family of Hunter Richardson, who was killed by a drunk driver in a pedestrian accident on Thanksgiving weekend 2009 at age 23, will honor his memory by holding a drive to help both people and pets.

Richardson, a graduate of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and Virginia Tech, loved people and pets. His family decided the best way to honor his life was to hold an annual drive to help the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the Suffolk Humane Society.

Until Nov. 30, people can drop off canned and nonperishable food items as well as pet food and pet related items at several locations throughout Hampton Roads. Monetary donations are also welcomed by both groups, with checks made payable to either the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23504 (to donate online, visit or Suffolk Humane, P.O. Box 5038, Suffolk, VA 23435.

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Last year, the drive resulted in donating almost 6,000 meals and 5,000 pounds of pet food and supplies, and the family hopes to surpass those numbers this year.

“Hunter was everything you could want in a son, grandson, nephew, or friend,” said his aunt, Kathy Richardson Shores. “So many people are challenged to feed their families and care for their pets these days. We hope that those who can help will bring items to these locations so that we can help others have a better holiday, and we can honor Hunter’s loving spirit.”

Drop-off locations include the following:

Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy, 3219 Bridge Road

The Market at Eclipse, 1604 Bridge Road

North Suffolk Animal Hospital, 2897 Bridge Road

Suffolk Humane Society, 4300 Nansemond Parkway

Additional sites are available in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk. Check Remembering Hunter Richardson This Thanksgiving on Facebook for updates.

If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible monetary donation, designate your gift “In Memory of Hunter Richardson” via check or bankcard and mail to one of the addresses above.

The Suffolk Humane wish list includes:

Purina Pro Chicken & Rice Kitten Food

Purina Pro Chicken & Rice Cat Food

Purina Pro Plan canned kitten food

Kitten Milk Replacement Powdered Formula

Puppy formula (powdered)

Dog treats

Cat carriers

Collapsible style dog crates

Water bottles for cat cages

Cat toys

Cat scratching posts

Dog toys

Cat grooming combs, brushes, rakes

Cat collars (breakaway style)

Dog collars and leashes (especially for small and medium dogs)

Tidy Cat litter (clumping style)

Laundry detergent (scent-free)


Hand sanitizer and wipes

Blankets and towels (used)

The Foodbank shopping list includes:

Lean canned protein — peanut butter, tuna, chicken, turkey, beans

Fruits and vegetables — canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, 100 percent fruit juice, fruit preserves, dried fruit

Whole grains — cereal, pasta, oatmeal, rice, crackers

Meals — soups, stews, boxed meals, canned pasta

Baby products — formula, baby food, diapers, wipes

Low fat, low sodium, low sugar products preferred

Remember to provide only non-perishable food and non-breakable containers

For more information, contact Kathy (Richardson) Shores at 692-4188 or, Christina Shores at, or Jay Richardson at

You can also contact Suffolk Humane at 538-3030 or the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia at 627-6599.