SIKESTON -- As shoppers pack stores looking for gifts to give their friends and relatives we are reminded that Christmas is just 18 days away and work on the Community Christmas Campaign is at a fever pitch.
Donations have come from as far away as St. Louis and the baskets are slowly coming together, however, there are still needs.
"We really need toys for little girls," said Tim Jaynes, director of the Campaign. "Right now we hardly have any toys or dolls for little girls."
Toys such as baby dolls for girls 18 months to the age of four are needed as well as "rattlers, teething rings and baby blankets," Jaynes said.
All of the toys and donations made will be made to help families in need of assistance this holiday season.
This mother is trying to raise two daughters by herself after her husband recently left her. She is not from this country and speaks very little English which makes finding a job difficult. Her oldest daughter has a disability and doctor bills are adding up and now this mother is worried about her kids not having a nice Christmas.
Her daughters, 3 and 2, would love a new doll for Christmas. Some new clothes would be welcome also in sizes 3 and 4 toddler.
The mother asked for nothing for herself, but some clothes in sizes 10-12 pant and large shirt would be appreciated as would some food to stock their shelves long past Christmas.
These two grandparents recently became guardians to three of their grandchildren and times have been hard with just their social security checks.
The daughter, 15, and oldest son, 13, are in need of a warm coat for the winter as well as some gloves. The youngest boy, 9, could use a new pair of jeans for school in size 10 and a new pair of shoes in size 4. A new toy would also make this little boy's Christmas.
Some canned goods and a nice ham would be the perfect gift for the grandparents who just want to have a nice Christmas meal with the children.
This single mother is doing her best to take care of her two daughters working as many hours as possible. However, she receives no child support and now money is short this Christmas.
Her daughters, ages 2 and 1-1/2, would love a new doll this Christmas as well as some clothes for the winter. Both wear a 2-3 toddler.
The mother could use some diapers and pull-ups to help as well as some household items such as laundry detergent and baby lotions. Some food for a nice Christmas meal would also be appreciated.
Anyone wishing to help these families or other can contact the Standard Democrat at 471-1137.