Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun December 14, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Mary Randolf, left, receives a high-five from Dexter McDade, 2, as he sits with his mother, Alexis McDade, while they get ready for the Rocking Around the Christmas Tree event for Dexter at Mount Carmel Community, an assisted- and independent-living facility in Benton. The event will raise money to help with medical expenses for Dexter, who needs a kidney transplant.

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Mount Carmel Community residents to raise money for boy needing transplant

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Beginning Monday morning, the lobby of the Mount Carmel Community assisted- and independent-living facility will be filled with rocking chairs placed around the Christmas tree. These chairs will be filled with residents and employees, and all will be “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” in support of a 2-year-old boy from Tull, a small community south of Benton in Grant County. The boy is Dexter McDade, the son of Jerred and Alexis McDad... READ MORE


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