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Adoption Tree helps wards of the state have a Merry Christmas

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Jasper County's public administrator expands her efforts to bring Christmas to people who are wards of the state.

Angie Casavecchia cares for those who simply can't care for themselves because of disabilities from mental illness to dementia.

They live in nursing homes or facilities like the Sunshine Home.

On Tuesday a resident at Sunshine Home, Kristy, got to open a present early.  It comes from the Public Administrators Adoption Tree effort.

Many presents pour in at the Jasper County Public Administrators office, but this year, besides her Adoption Tree, Casavecchia enlisted the help of churches to create personal care presents.

Smaller trees with single item requests helped gather these donations.

Casavecchia brings Christmas to some 400 people ranging in age from 18 to 90 years old in her care who rarely have family to help with gifts.  These wards typically get $30 each month for incidental purchases.

"It's very sad - Christmas is for everybody and to think that somebody is going to go through an entire year without a gift and Christmas is going to roll around and be one of those days, it just really felt wrong so we started the Adoption Christmas Tree in 2009 and it has really grown every year," says Casavecchia.

Casavecchia is still in need of gifts for the wards.  An Adoption Tree still has tags on it at the Carthage courthouse or you can check out the Jasper County Public Administrators Facebook page for what's still needed.

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