Community sends cards, gifts to Kansas kids who lost baby brother

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Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community
Tucker | Courtesy Dawn Shannon Tucker | Courtesy Dawn Shannon
Tucker | Courtesy Dawn Shannon Tucker | Courtesy Dawn Shannon
Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community
Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community Henry and Alexa, of Arkansas City, open Christmas cards from the community
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The kindness of communities in Kansas and beyond never ceases to amaze. After a local woman asked for help for her children, people stepped up in a big way. 

Arkansas City mother Dawn Shannon recently lost her 7-month-old son, Tucker, to a rare disorder. To help Tucker's big brother and big sister get through the holidays, Dawn asked for Christmas cards for the two kids.

Dawn later sent KAKE News pictures of Henry and Alexa sifting through mounds of Christmas cards and gifts. She said they have received at least 300 cards so far. 

"I can’t even describe to everyone how much it means to me," Dawn said. "To see the kindness in people, who are taking a few moments out of their day to let Alexa and Henry know how loved and important they are, reminds me that there are still wonderful kind hearted people in this world."

She said Henry and Alexa enjoy reading the cards and using the stickers people have placed in them.

"It’s completely restored my faith in people. The sweet and kind things people have been writing to the kids, have been so heartwarming."


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A Kansas woman is asking for Christmas cards for her two children as they mourn the loss of their 7-month-old brother. 

Dawn Shannon, of Arkansas City, said on Facebook that baby Tucker died on September 29th. Tucker's older brother and sister are "having a really hard time dealing with the loss of their sweet baby brother...and Christmas is going to be so difficult without him," Shannon said. 

She said Tucker had Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, a rare condition that that affected his cognitive abilities and kidneys. 

"I want Henry and Alexa to know even though Tucker isn’t with us anymore it’s okay to be sad, mad and angry," Shannon said. "I also want them to know how incredibly special they are, and how LOVED they are!"

Anyone who can take a little time to send these two kids a Christmas card can mail it to the following address. 

Henry and Alexa
P.O. BOX 146
Arkansas City, KS 67005

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