CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Today would have been Lily Peters’s 11th birthday. In April, the Chippewa Falls girl was found dead in a wooded area near her home.

A teenage boy is currently in custody, accused of killing her. Tonight, community members remember Lily with a first heavenly birthday party.

Friends and family are hoping to honor lily’s memory by giving back to those in need. Lily Peters’s words are being put into action.

“At school one time, Lily made a poem, and one of the lines said that she wished everyone would be kind to each other.”

A gathering at Agnes’ Table in Chippewa Falls Thursday celebrated Lily’s first heavenly birthday by giving back to the community.

“Since her birthday is kind of close to Christmas, we wanted to take this time to donate presents, and Christmas presents to people in need to keep her kindness going.”

Dozens of gifts were donated in celebration of Lily, and they will be given to families in need by the Chippewa Falls Area School District.

Kailee Whitcome and Harper Sweeney say the effort is keeping Lily’s caring spirit alive.

“She was a very kind and loving soul, and so it’s just great that we get to carry that on, even though, obviously, she’s not here to continue doing that. We can make others happy for her because that’s how she wanted it.”

Family friend, and Executive Director of Agnes’ Table Angela Maloney, is grateful for the community’s support.

“In the wake of something horrific and unthinkable, this beautiful wish is coming true for Lily, even though she’s not here, and the fact that it’s going to affect children that were maybe even in the same classroom as her, or in the same school, the same district, it’s the ultimate paying it forward.”

While Lily Peters may be gone, her family and friends are hoping to ensure she’s never forgotten.

“I don’t know if you can ever not remember her. She was someone who could have been famous, who could’ve done whatever she wanted. She was amazing, and she was one of a kind really.”

“She was always happy and smiling in the stories I’ve heard about her and the pictures I’ve seen. I really hope that’s what people remember.”

The gifts donated tonight will be given out anonymously by the Chippewa Falls School District. Toys, warm clothing, and items are continuing to be accepted up until Christmas by Valley Vineyard Church in Chippewa Falls.