The adage, ‘There is strength in numbers’, rang true on Sunday when over 65 members of the community rallied together at Hopeland Church of Dayton, Ohio in honor of the precious life of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. The newly formed grassroots group, Takoda’s Call, wants change and they’re ready to work for it.
Takoda’s life was tragically cut short by what investigators describe as “extreme” child abuse, dating back several years. Takoda was under the care of his father, father’s girlfriend, and her sister; all of whom have been arrested in relation to the case.
This event wasn’t just a tribute to Takoda and his life; this was a call to action for the community and agencies in charge, resulting in a powerful movement committed to advocating for the protection of children.
Picture this: A group of Bikers; State Representatives; community advocates; pastors; teachers; lawyers; retired caseworkers; parents; hurt and concerned citizens all together in a Church fellowship hall. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. That’s just the Miami Valley, coming together ready to take action, to stand and protect children when it’s needed most.
With emotions running high at the mention of the circumstances surrounding Takoda’s passing, tears were forming around the room. There were many unanswered questions and everyone is understandably upset. “It’s just too early to know why. We need to know and we’re not going away,” Co-organizer Polly Parks said.
Takoda’s Call will be out February 4th and 11th for the Montgomery County commissioner meetings. Anyone who is able to be present in support of Takoda and the protection of children, please be at the Montgomery County Administration Building at 1:30PM, 10th Floor.