Bring joy to a sick child this Christmas

2012-12-02T00:00:00Z Bring joy to a sick child this ChristmasCarrie Steinweg Times Columnist
December 02, 2012 12:00 am  • 

With Christmas approaching, people are in the giving spirit and there seem to be so many good causes out there that could use your help. One came to my attention recently that really tugs at your heartstrings, so I wanted to share this and hope that if you’re able to donate something to help out with this project, you will.

Dan Dempsey, of Highland, is a Facebook friend who has the following posted the past week:

“I am asking for one unwrapped toy or gift card donation to give to the children at Advocate Children’s Hospital. I have spent many months sitting in the day room with my son Bobby Dempsey who is being treated for leukemia. There is a special closet in the day room which is filled with toys and when a child receives chemotherapy, a procedure or is just having a bad day they get to go into the toy room and pick out any toy! When you get to see how excited a child gets when they get to go into the toy room it really makes you think about all they are going through and the fight they are fighting but can still smile by just being able to grab a toy to make them feel better. Please help me let all these children know we are here for them and put a smile on each one of their faces.

The ages for the toys should be between the ages of 2 and 12. They seem to like dolls, trucks, cars, superheroes, games, etc. You can also buy gift cards to stores, food places, and iTunes. I am planning on delivering the toys on December 20th. I know times are hard for everyone but if you spent just one hour in the day room and watched these little kids receiving chemotherapy or listen to them crying, you would not hesitate to give one gift. For any questions please feel free to call me at (219) 808-8973. Cut off date for donations will be December 18th. THANK YOU ALL!!!!”

Dempsey hopes to have truckloads to deliver to the hospital. He said he wanted to do the project, which he’s calling the “No One Fights Alone” Toy Drive, to give back for all the support his family has gotten during his son’s treatment and also during his wife’s recent battle with breast cancer. He’s set up drop off spots at several Northwest Indiana locations and the wonderful folks at the village of Lansing have graciously agreed to take donations there, as well. Donations can be dropped off at the following until Dece. 18.

Salon Capellani, 2152 45th St., Highland

Northwood’s Restaurant, 8101 Wicker Ave., St. John

Allstate Insurance, 1467 Joliet St. (U.S. 30), Dyer

Lightning Motors, 21644 Lincoln Highway, Lynwood

Lansing Village Hall, 3141 Ridge Road, Lansing

Public Safety Direct, 14000 Kildare, Crestwood

United Liquors, 21579 Lincoln Highway, Lynwood

Coupon clippers wanted

The Lansing Business Women’s Association continues to collect coupons to send to our troops overseas to be used for shopping on-base. They’ve now shipped more than 50 boxes of coupons. Starting this month, they’ll be holding a coupon-clipping time at the Lansing Public Library. On the first Monday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 7:30 p.m., they’re looking for people to show up with a pair of scissors to do some clipping. So, if you have a little time, join them.

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