BBMS HAPPY CHILDREN MEMORIAL FUND

Committed to Families Helping Families in Recovery from Addiction. One step at a time.

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Brianna and her autistic son Daniel

The picture above is one of the last pictures of them together at Tarzana Treatment https://www.tarzanatc.org/enter in Nov 2013. She was always striving for sobriety. She wanted nothing more than to be a good mom to Daniel

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Our mission statement here at Brianna Brandy Millard Smith’s Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund, or BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund, is simple – BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund wants to help as many families living in sobriety as possible. We want them to live the life that addiction stole from us. It stole our beautiful Daughter, Brianna. It stole our Grandsons’ Mother and destroyed many others in its wake. We will raise money and awareness to help those who truly believe in beating their addictions. There is a better life and better choices to be made, and we are just a piece in the puzzle of Sobriety.

Addiction Stole Our Grandson Daniel’s Mother…

Brianna’s 12-year-old son (2020) is angry that his mother chose drugs over him. Why wasn’t my mother there for me? Why were drugs more important than me? It rips my heart out to hear her sons’ gut-wrenching sobs. He knows his mother loved him, but that doesn’t bring her back. He was 6 years old when his mother was taken from him. His words, when we told him his mother had gone to heaven to this day, still haunt me, “I Don’t want my mama to be dead!”

I’m sorry I screwed up for so long! I just hope that my mistakes aren’t permanent and that I’ll get to be your mommy. I love you forever and ever”.

Brianna Brandy Millard Smith wanted nothing more than to be sober and be Daniel’s mama. . These are words she wrote in a journal she left for him that she called “The love book.” Sadly, Brianna could not remain sober. The longest she was able to stay away from drugs was 6 months. Brianna Brandy Millard Smith, our daughter, and Daniel’s mother was killed one evening as she walked along Highway 138 near Llano, CA. A semi-truck veered onto the shoulder of the road, striking Brianna and killing her instantly. The driver didn’t even know what he hit until he went back and found her body.

Our world was turned upside down when our daughter died alone in the desert on March 30, 2014. THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE YOU! And it shouldn’t be the story of another family who will suffer the loss of a loved one to addiction. As a family, we often ask if we did enough? That is a question that lives with us always.

Not drinking or using are the first steps toward mending a damaged relationship, whether with a family member, partner, employer, or, more importantly, a child. Daniel’s mom didn’t get that chance. 

Cross at Brianna’s accident site on Hwy. 138 near Llano, CA. Daniel wanted a cross there, his grandfather built one and erected it at the site.

BBMS Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded on October 6, 2018 (which would have been Brianna’s 38th birthday), will assist with toys, clothes, Hygiene goods, and food (with the help of Code 7 ministries).  The only requirement is sobriety… The goal of BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund is to help families in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.  Our daughter, Daniel’s mother,  

Brianna was always seeking sobriety to be a good mother.

Because of what happened to Brianna, we made it our mission to help as many families living in sobriety as we can. Every year, leading up to the two main holidays of the year, BBMS (“Brianna Brandy Millard Smith Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund”) collects a variety of goods to gift to families who are LIVING SOBER.

This past year has been hard on all of us, and with the cost of living on the increase, our goal is to at least match the donations we received last year.

In 2020 and 2021, we were able to supply 11 + families with care packages consisting of Food, softly used or new clothes and toys, and other products to get them through Thanksgiving and Christmas. This brought the families hope, and those who donated a lot of joy when they saw the pictures of the children’s faces light up with glee.

“The road to success is always under construction.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Lily Tomlin​​

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