SANDWICH—Many dozens of homemade cookies and pieces of candy are needed to fill more than 400 Christmas Cheer Baskets that will be delivered on Christmas Eve to the persons in Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich Rehabilitation Center, Ironwood, the Sandwich Manor and the elderly living alone in their own homes and apartments.
The Christmas Cheer Baskets and sharing of donated non-perishable groceries are parts of the Franklin Mall Christmas Project that’s directed by the Sandwich Lions Club.
The late Frankie and Peg Mall started the Christmas-sharing effort in 1954. The Sandwich Lions Club agreed to direct the project when Frankie’s health began deteriorating in the 1970s, as long as the community continued to support the endeavor.
Those wishing to donate home-made candy and cookies can take them to the home of Pat Wallis, 315 S. Wolfe St., Sandwich, by Monday, Dec. 23. If they’re brought early, they’ll be frozen for freshness. It’s usually best if the sweets are packed in containers, such as shoe or shirt boxes and plastic containers, so the cookies and candy aren’t damaged.
The Christmas Cheer containers will be packed by volunteers starting at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23, at the United Church of Sandwich, 512 E. Lions Rd., Sandwich. A team of six Santa Clauses will deliver them on Christmas Eve.
For referrals, such as names and addresses of Cheer Basket recipients, persons can call Cheer Basket Chairman Kyle Wallis at 815 304-3175 or Pat Wallis at 815 786-8095. They can also be contacted for other information.
Monetary donations are also appreciated and can be taken or mailed to: 1st National Bank, Attn; Kathryn Boehmer, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548.