The Denton Spiderman collects toys and other goodies to bring to the children of Uvalde, as the town continues to heal.
DENTON, Texas — Your friendly neighborhood Denton Spiderman is on a mission: a mission to help as many children as possible in Uvalde, Texas, when he visits in June.
“God put this in my life to give it away,” Jeremy Sons said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, personal trainer Sons and his wife started their own superhero business after his gym closed. He and his wife, who is a third grade teacher, began making public appearances at Denton for the character “The Denton Spiderman”.
Since starting the business two years ago to spread love and happy memories, they’ve never charged anyone and made their appearances 100% donation-based.
Now the couple plan to turn their entertainment into a blessing in Uvalde.
“It struck me more because when you hear about a mass shooting in a school when your wife is a teacher, it sets off alarm bells and something has to change,” Sons said.
After posting help for a June 12 appearance in Uvalde, the Denton Spiderman collected hundreds of toys and other goodies.
In fact, the donations filled the Spidey Mobile three times. More than one of their rooms at home is filled with toys, but they’re hoping for even more donations.
Some supporters fill their Amazon wishlist for Uvalde kids. You can read more about The Denton Spiderman on their website.
Jackie Johnson came across the Denton Spiderman while visiting Denton from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She and her children posed for photos downtown near the plaza.
Johnson believes in Spiderman’s mission.
“I think having him in the community will bring some light during this dark time,” Johnson said.
Sons said, “Sunday, June 12, put Spider-Man on the Spidey mobile and just drive through the streets, pulling a trailer full of toys.”
The Denton Spiderman’s purpose is basically to provide a distraction for the children of Uvalde, which includes some Spidey surprises.
Part of Denton Spiderman’s presentation includes getting doused in silly string. It is also an automatic laugh machine.
But Spiderman isn’t the only one in North Texas hoping to be a blessing to Uvalde’s kids.
“We must support,” Reverend Kyev P. Tatum said, “if we were to be a blessing.”
The toys are also part of the blessing the Fort Worth pastor of the New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church has planned for Uvalde.
He traveled to Uvalde within 48 hours of the shooting that left two teachers and 19 students dead to find out how he could help. He prays that their fundraiser will also succeed, after visiting other pastors in the small Texas town.
He is also looking for volunteers who want to help.
Tatum said: “We will get our assignments based on what they tell us, listen to what they tell us, learn what they need, and then go to work. But we can’t do this without feet, finances and people who will be faithful.”
Tatum and other local clergy invite the public to a Circle of Compassion Bowl planning meeting on Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m. with the Coalition of Justice Ministers in New Mount Rose at 2864 Mississippi Avenue in Fort Worth.
Anyone wanting more information can contact Tatum at 817-966-7525 or email [email protected]
Although the pastor has a separate mission from that of the Denton Spiderman, both believe they have heard from heaven coming to their aid.