Crestview nursing home residents receive special visit, gifts

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Railey Conner, 12, left, enjoys snacks with her great-grandmother, Roxy Buchanan, 84, at a Christmas party at Carrington Manor on Christmas Eve. Railey and her family gave gift bags to Buchanan and other residents during the party.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A Holt girl got more donations than expected for her annual birthday project of collecting Christmas gifts for nursing home residents.

"We provided gifts to over 200 residents in the area," Angie Holland, mother of Railey Conner, 12, said.

Each gift bag contained toiletries and other items like slippers, blankets, crossword puzzles and activity books. Railey requested donations for nursing home residents in lieu of presents for her Dec. 15 birthday. She did the same last year.

Residents donated enough to provide Christmas gift bags for residents of Carrington Manor and Safe and Secure Respite Care, both in Crestview. Crestview Rehab and Silvercrest Manor residents also received gifts. 

In addition to donated items, the project collected more than $600, which Raily’s Birthday Project 2.0 used to purchase more presents, Holland said. 

"It was bigger than I expected," Railey said of donors’ efforts.

Railey and her family visited Carrington Manor on Christmas Eve to deliver the gifts during a party.

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