Holt girl seeking donations for area senior citizens

Railer Conner

Railey Conner, 12, kneels beside a collection bin at First Baptist Church of Holt. Conner seeks the community's help in collecting gifts for senior citizens at area nursing homes.

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

HOLT — A simple answer to a question inspired an annual tradition for a Holt girl who wants no senior citizen to spent Christmas alone. 

A few years ago, Railey Conner and her family attended a church service with her great-grandmother, Roxie Buchanan, a Carrington Manor resident who has Alzheimer's disease. Afterward, the child wondered who was responsible for taking other Carrington Manor residents to church. 

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"I had to explain to her that some (residents) don't get that," her mother, Angie Holland, said.  

Instead of celebrating her birthday on  Dec. 15, Railey decided to collect items for senior citizens at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The ultimate goal was to "share the love" with them during the winter holidays, she said.  

Railey's Birthday Project is now in its third year. In 2012, residents donated toiletries, blankets and slippers, among other offerings. Railey and her friends made gift bags, which she gave to residents at Carrington Manor, Safe and Secure Respite Care, Crestview Manor and Silvercrest Manor. 

Railey says it's important to remember that Christmas is for more than children.

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