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Community members work to help children, seniors this Christmas

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 4:49 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - When you’re out doing holiday shopping this season, you may want to pick up an extra gift for someone in need.

Sunset Home in Quincy is asking for donations to put together Christmas gifts for its over 100 residents.

They are looking for items like tissues, blankets, lotion, socks, slippers, pajamas and activity kits for the winter time.

Sunset Home Activities Assistant Angela Puls said many senior residents do not have family to bring them presents.

“It’s very important because a lot of our residents here don’t have family members to come and provide that stuff for them, so they kind of depend on the staff here and the building and the facility to provide that for them,” Puls said.

Puls hopes shoppers can check something off Sunset Home’s Christmas list to help a senior citizen in need.

“When they’re here they are our family and unfortunately we can’t provide for them. So treat them and think about them like they’re another family member on your Christmas list,” Puls said.

One Camp Point resident is also collection donations, but for a different cause.

Rob Cane realized he already had everything he wanted for Christmas this year, so he decided to give back. He asked his friends and family on social media to buy gifts for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) so neglected children could have more of what they wanted, too.

“I have a good job,” Cane said. “And just knowing that there are other people that are less fortunate that you can kind of help spread the wealth, I think that’s kind of what led to the decision.”

Cane said his friends and family have bought more than $2,400 worth of products, including diapers, bottles, coloring books, crayons and backpacks.

“Backpacks are a big thing,” he said. “If someone is going into foster care, not carrying their belongings in a trash bag or a grocery bag is big. If you think about it for yourself, there’s a lot of self-worth in that.”

Cane said he plans to send the donations to DCFS in December. You can find information to donate to DCFS here.

Sunset Home will be giving out their Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. You can find information to donate to Sunset Home here.

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