Charity gift for the hard-to-shop-for

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Marlin and Phyllis Anderson, two of Pay-It-Forward House’s volunteers, hold the house's 2013 Adopt-A-Day Calendar.

SYCAMORE - Many people wonder this time of year what to give to the person who has everything. Pay-It-Forward House suggests you give a gift that pays it forward.

A $100 donation “adopts” the hospital hospitality house for one day in honor or in memory of someone hard to shop for, and provides families in a stressful situation a home-away-from-home.

“To ‘pay it forward’ is to do a good deed, not to pay back a favor, but to help others in their time of need,” board president Mary Lou Eubanks said. “Pay-It-Forward House got its name from the desire of local community members to help out people living through the stress and fatigue of having a loved one in the hospital far from home.”

Kindred Hospital in Sycamore is a 69-bed long-term acute care facility providing intensive, medically-complex services to ventilator, dialysis and wound patients who are too ill to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility or nursing home, but who do not need to remain in a short-term acute care facility. Patients come from all over the state of Illinois for the specialized treatment Kindred provides. Pay-It-Forward House offers patients’ family members a place to call home while their sick loved one heals. Pay-It-Forward House also serves the family members of patients at Kishwaukee Hospital and DeKalb County Hospice.

Adopt-a-day donations provide a patient’s family member a comfortable bed, a warm shower, Internet access and a place to call home for one or several nights. The honoree will receive a letter thanking them for being special enough to be honored by you on the date of your choice. Many donors pick their honoree’s birthday. Others pick a less obvious date such as a pet’s birth date or their parents’ anniversary.

For more information on Adopting-A-Day,call 815-762-4882 or email info@payitforwardhouse.org.

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