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Wrapping Fundraiser Raises Donations For Premature Baby

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Volunteers are wrapping presents for people in Missoula in the last few days before Christmas, in the hopes of brightening the holiday for one local family. A wrapping event was held at Red's Bar to raise donations for baby Addalyn and her family.

Addalyn Elise Ployhar was born to Nikki Gummer and Joe Ployhar on September 23, 2013. She weighed only three pounds, and was 11 inches.

"It's tragic right now, but hopefully it gets better," said Red's bartender, Von Richter.

After her mother developed preeclampsia, a medical condition in pregnant women, Addalyn was born three months before her due date. In the NICU, Addalyn's battled infections and learned to breathe on her own.

"We will have wrapping every night through Christmas," Richter said.

Red's Bar decided to step in and help by holding the wrapping event Thursday night through Christmas Eve.

"Every year we just sit down and talk about which cause we want to do it for, and this one seemed like the one we wanted to do this year," Richter said.

Every Christmas for the last 10 years, Red's Bar has been inviting volunteers into the bar to wrap gifts for anyone in town in return for a donation.

"The ladies who do it for us are awesome, and its been 10 years now and it just keeps rolling," Richter said.

Even when she leave's the hospital, special equipment will be used to keep Addalyn alive. Red's bartenders said they just hope they can help the family pay for their medical expenses.

"It sounds like she's doing good now, and we just want to help these guys as much as we can, and that's why we do this," Ritcher said.

The wrapping event is being held December 19 through December 24. Times: December 19 - 5pm-10pm  December 20 - 2pm-10pm  December 21-23 - 11am-10pm  December 24 - 11am-6pm

Along with this event, there are other ways to contribute to Addalyn's fight, and see updates on her progress, by visiting Addalyn's Donation Website.

 

 

 

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