It will take a lot of donations of homemade candy and cookies to fill the 350 Christmas Cheer Baskets that will be delivered in Sandwich on Christmas Eve by a team of Santa Clauses.
For over 60 years, Cheer Baskets have been delivered to shut-ins and older folks spending the holidays alone in their own residences, as well as to Valley West Hospital patients and those living at the Sandwich Manor, Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich Rehabilitation Center and Ironwood in Sandwich.
Christmas Cheer Baskets are part of the Franklin Mall Christmas Project that was originated by the late Franklin and Peg Mall in the early 1950s. It is now administered by the Sandwich Lions Club.
The club is hoping the community will continue to support the program by donating plenty of homemade candy and cookies to fill the Cheer Baskets (now plastic containers).
Donors can bring their homemade goodies to the home of Pat Wallis, 305 S. Wolfe St., Sandwich, where they will be frozen to keep them fresh.
Persons can drop off donations of cookies and candy at the enclosed back porch by entering the Wallis driveway off College Street, south of First National Bank.
Cheer Basket packing starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the United Church of Sandwich, 512 E. Lions Road, across from Sandwich High School. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help pack. Those wishing to help or to bring their cookies that night should be there by 5:45 p.m. so they don’t miss the action.
For more information or to make a referral of Cheer Basket recipients, call Cheer Basket Chairman Kyle Wallis at 815-304-3175. To reach Pat Wallis, call 815-786-8095.
Monetary contributions can be made by sending a check, made out to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project, to the First National Bank, Attn: Deb Krafft, 100 W. Church St., Sandwich, IL 60548, or to the Sandwich Lions Club, P.O. Box 32, Sandwich, IL 60548.