WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Lorry Knobloch has been bringing Christmas to local children for more than a decade.
"It just breaks my heart that children don't get anything, " said Knobloch. "It just gives me joy to give to those kids and see their faces. It's just a great feeling."
Fifteen years ago the former Casey's manager decided to make a Christmas party that gave hundred of presents to children who may otherwise have gotten nothing. This, however may be the first year that Knobloch will not spearhead the party. After a call from the doctor last year the tables had turned.
"They called me at work and told me to get to the emergency immediately because my kidneys [were failing]," said Knobloch.
Knobloch has been recovering since. Barely able to move, she's managed to go to chemotherapy. However, without insurance the bills have racked up. Her friends and family are looking to the community for help.
Knobloch's close friends and family are organizing a benefit ride at the Washington Casey's on Washington Street. It will take place this Saturday. Sign ups for the benefit ride will start at 10AM. The event will end at the reception from 3pm-7pm at the Washington American Legion. All the proceeds will help Knobloch pay for her recovery.
"I've always been the person that's like, 'No matter what, I'll help you... What [do] you need?' and now, they're coming forward for me, and that really touches my heart," said Knobloch.
Knobloch's family and friends have so far received much help from local businesses, family and friends.
"We are truly grateful," said Malisa Watson, Knobloch's niece and benefit volunteer.