Pontiac, IL,
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Bringing Holiday Smiles to Kids

We are in the midst of the season of giving, and on Monday, the Livingston Anglers brought that spirit to OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

The group collected dozens of toys for kids, and along with OSF HealthCare Mission Partners, distributed them to children at the hospital.

The Anglers first contacted Even DuPrey, an Exercise Physiologist at OSF Saint James, and he says they were happy to help with the project.

More than 140 toys were collected for the kids, something DuPrey says reflects the nature of the Livingston County community.

“It doesn’t matter if you work at cardiac rehab, physical therapy, or if you’re involved in the community," said DuPray. "If there’s a need and there’s a way to do it, there’s people that want to make that happen. And we can all collaborate together to do some really special stuff, and this is just proof of that.”


The Livingston Anglers and their OSF helpers roamed the halls of OSF Saint James, getting toys to kids in pediatric rehab, the emergency department, labor and delivery and PromptCare.

For DuPrey, it was a chance to remember what the holiday season is all about.

"It’s easy to get distracted, I think, during this time of year with everything else that’s going on in our world nowadays, but this is what the holiday season is really all about: making sure there is something for everybody and that everyone is able to enjoy that time with their family,” he said.


The Livingston Anglers have a rich history of giving back to Livingston County’s youngest residents. The group often hosts fishing trips and other outdoor activities for local area children.