Holt birthday girl seeks donations for seniors, not presents

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

The former has a special place in her heart.

It’s been the home of her great grandmother, Roxie Buchanan, 84, for the past two years. She and her mother regularly visit Buchanan, who has Alzheimer's disease.

Those visits inspired Railey’s wish to bring Christmas joy to the elderly.

"When I visit her and see the other people in the nursing home, I see how lonely they are," Railey said. "I think most people tend to think of needy children, which is great, but we forget about the elderly because they are not often seen out in public.”

Slippers, nightclothes, lotions and crossword puzzles are among donations that fill a spare room in the family’s home.  

"(Recipients) really enjoy the puzzles because it helps them pass the time," Railey said. "They also like the new clothing we get them because it is something new to wear."

Some 60 nursing home residents should receive gifts come Christmas Eve, she said.  

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