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Lansing quickly cooperates to collect gifts for Tri-State Village residents

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 27, 2021) – When Lansing resident Maureen Grady-Perovich saw a former student post on Facebook about needing Christmas gifts for residents at Lansing’s own Tri-State Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, she thought Lansing could certainly step up and help out. The only problem: she saw the post last Tuesday, just a few days before Christmas.

Gift gathering

Just hours after hearing of the need, Grady-Perovich posted on her own Facebook page about it, saying, in part, “There is a nursing home in Lansing that has 17 residents without any family to help them celebrate Christmas. Can I count on you for a donation?”

As of this writing, the post has 137 comments from local residents volunteering to donate time, cash, and various gift items.

Over the next couple of days, Grady-Perovich and others gathered and transported gifts of all kinds from local residents, businesses, organizations, churches, and others. “I was inundated,” she said, “I had four carloads of clothes. Two or three churches [donated]. One older lady gave hand-crocheted blankets and shawls.”

Grady-Perovich estimated 75-100 donors were involved in the quick campaign. She said she turned away a few donors, asking them to delay their generosity until the next project.


On Christmas Eve morning, Grady-Perovich and her former student Samantha Harris, LACE president Jennifer Polley, and Legion Rider “Biker Bill” Strauch — dressed as Santa — went to Tri-State Village and gave residents gifts.

From left: Samantha Harris, Bill Strauch, Jennifer Polley, and Maureen Grady-Perovich visited Tri-State Village on December 24 to deliver gifts donated by the Lansing community. (Photo provided)
This resident shared a smile after receiving a gift from Santa. (Photo provided)
This resident donned reindeer antlers before opening his gift on Christmas Eve. (Photo provided)

“I believe we covered them all,” Grady-Perovich said of the 17 residents that were without family this Christmas. She said they had so many gifts that many other residents of the facility received presents as well.

“I hope we made a bit of a difference,” Grady-Perovich said. “Lansing came through as they always do. Always.”

Tri-State Village is located at 2500 E. 175th Street in Lansing.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.