Pay it Forward: Family carries on legacy of giving to homeless with 'Liam's Wish'

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Pay it Forward: Family carries on legacy of giving to homeless with 'Liam's Wish' (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A young man's passion for helping others is living on through his family.

"He was always smiling, the life of the party," said Lisa Sims of her cousin, Liam McWilliams.

He passed away from cancer in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of giving.

Liam would often travel from Montana to Colorado for his cancer treatment. Along the way, he would see a lot of people in need on the streets.

"He just really noticed the need for basic items for the homeless," Sims said.

So he started collecting warm clothes and hygiene items to give out to the homeless he would see.

"He was always thinking of other people," Sims said.

Now, Liam's family is doing the same with what they call "Liam's Wish" bags.

"All the donations that we receive come from family and friends," said Sims.

Family members in Utah, Montana, and Colorado collect items like blankets, sweats, gloves, and hygiene items and put them in special bags.

"It's just really heartwarming that everybody comes and gives so much to the people who really need items," Sims said.

The bags in Utah are taken to the Road Home Family Shelter in Midvale.

"We have more than we need," Sims said. "So I like to be able to share with those families that I know need more than what we have."

They collect items and distribute the bags around Christmastime every year.

"I think he would be really, really happy with this," Sims said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to the family to help them get more items this year.

They are focusing on children this year, and are in need of more sweats.

If you are interested in helping out, you can reach out through the Pay it Forward submission page, and we will get you contact information.

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