Mother honors son’s memory with drive

Kiyan Yazdani-Zafar is helping those in need this holiday season and honoring her son’s legacy in the process.

Yazdani-Zafar is the founder of the CyMo Foundation, named after her son, Cyrus Moinzadeh, who on Dec. 16, 2007, died after an oxycontin overdose. A graduate of Torrey Pines High School, Moinzadeh was 23.

Last year, the CyMo Foundation held its first annual holiday fundraiser, collecting sheets, blankets and toys for the children and adults of Set Free Ministries, an El Cajon ministry that serves the homeless and those who have been addicted to drugs or alcohol.

In its first year, the Blanket and Toy Drive was integral in creating a game room for the 60 children at Set Free Ministries.

The 2nd Annual Blanket and Toy Drive is now underway, and Yazdani-Zafar is hoping to enlist the community to ensure a happy, warm holiday for those less fortunate.

Yazdani-Zafar is encouraging local residents to drop off sweaters and jackets, blankets, bedding sets and toys. She hopes to collect enough donations for 200 adults and more than 100 children, which she will deliver to Set Free Ministries on Dec. 20.

Local drop-off spots include Eli’s Wine & Food, Pretty Please, The Postal Annex and The Royal Nursery, all in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, as well as Treasures Furniture and Matti D.

While the holiday charity drive will benefit hundreds of children and adults, it also helps Yazdani-Zafar honor her departed son’s legacy.

“This is healing for me,” she said. “Instead of crying, I can see the happiness in other kids’ faces.

“When I finally see my son,” she continued, “I’m going to tell him all the good things I did in his name.”

For more information, visit or call (619) 277-2781.

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