A Chester County community rallied together for a clothing and toy drive to help the surviving brother of 3-year-old Scotty McMillan.
Little Scotty was tortured and killed allegedly at the hands of his mother Jillian Tait and her boyfriend Gary Fellenbaum.
His bright red hair and quiet smile are now forever in the minds of people – some who never met him.
All are sickened to hear of his brutal death.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan called the crime “an American horror story” and vowed to seek the death penalty.
“It’s so fresh to me right now, I don’t know what to think – it’s sick,” said Thomas Hamilton.
On Sunday strangers from the ‘Infamous Riders of Chester County’ biker club – focused on Scotty’s 6-year-old brother Ryan.
Ryan also lived in the West Caln Township trailer home where his brother died. He is now in the custody of other family members.
“We’re asking for gifts for him and clothes for school, winter items such as coats, jackets, hats, gloves and to basically put a smile on his face. We’re going to take everything to Ryan hopefully today, meet up with his Aunt Kimberly Tait, hopefully get to meet him and see a smile on his face,” said Janice Baker, Infamous Riders of Chester County.
In the parking lot of the Downingtown police station, strangers came and many were thankful for a way to help.
“You can’t do enough in this type of situation, the toys are just nothing – if it will make him feel better than there’s not enough of what you can do,” said Debbie Pierce.
Hundreds came out to a candlelight vigil in Scotty’s honor on Friday. A Facebook page has also been set up with thousands of postings.
Now many in the community are still looking for outlets to help his brother.
“Just to see that this child has been through so much tragedy, it’s nice to bring something and help him lift his spirits. Even though this is going to be for a lifetime of something he’ll have to deal with, it’s something to just bring him type of joy,” said Latoya Thomas.
“We’ll do whatever we have to do to make him have a good Christmas and have him smile a little bit. Of course it’s not going to change what happened but hopefully it will cheer him up a little,” said Alex Arroyo, Infamous Riders of Chester County.
The toys for Ryan are expected to be delivered on Sunday or Monday.
Organizers say they are also planning to do something special for him for Christmas.
No word on funeral arrangements for his brother Scotty.