This is supposed to be a joyous time of the year, but not for the family of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman. This is their first Christmas without him.
"Kyron loves Christmas, and that's what I always have to hold on to," Kyron's mother, Desiree Young said. "This is one of his favorite seasons and holidays and so it's hard not to have him here celebrating that and I think it's rotten that he doesn't get to celebrate it."
The people of Oregon have not forgotten Kyron. On Sunday volunteers held a gift-wrapping fundraiser at a local Walgreens to help raise money for the Kyron search fund. They also sold T-shirts, wristbands and bumper stickers to help keep awareness of Kyron alive.
"I never realized how much money it took to search for him," said fundraiser organizer Sarah Miller. "So I guess any little thing helps." About $300 was raised on Sunday.
"People give so much of themselves when they don't really have to," Young said. "And it's a choice that they make, to do it for a child that they don't know."
Kyron has been missing for six months now. Stepmother Terri Horman was the last to see him at his school. She has not been named as a suspect, but is clearly the target of the ongoing police investigation.