Richwoods High giving donations to local family

PEORIA, Ill. - A local high school in central Illinois is getting into the holiday spirit by giving a check, along with other items, to a local family in need of help.

On Friday, at 9 in the morning, Richwoods High School Principal Brett Elliott is going to present the items to the Weldy family as part of a school-wide "Adopt the Weldy's for the Holidays" project. Organizers hope to raise $3,500 by Friday morning and so far a total of $3,363 has been raised.

Richwoods High School students, parents, and staff "adopted" the family of student Anthony Weldy. Weldy is a senior lineman and has been the defacto head of his family since August, while his mom recovered from a heart transplant.

Throughout the football season Anthony was doing laundry and cooking meals for his family while taking care of his younger sister, who's a first grader at Glen Oak Community Learning Center.

In October one the parents from Richwoods, Shalonda Knox, suggested that the school community come together and help out the Weldy family.

Since then it's been nothing but team work between students community members in the area. At the October 20 football game Knights fans donated $221. For Halloween, RHS students donated $1 to wear a costume to school, adding another $758.88 to the Weldy's fund. Other people have donated more cash, gift cards for gas and grocery stores, clothes, and food.

As for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas the Weldy family is covered. Their Thanksgiving dinner is being catered by Mama G's Catering and an online sign-up for Christmas gifts and dinner is filling up quickly.


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