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Area families in need of help this Christmas

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

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SIKESTON -- Christmas decorations are now appearing throughout Sikeston as many people begin to get the Christmas spirit.

While the Christmas spirit has infected many, there are some unfortunate families who will not be able to have a nice Christmas without the help of others. However, help can be given through the Community Christmas Campaign.

Each Wednesday and Sunday, the Standard Democrat will profile three cases who are in need of your help this holiday season.

Case 1

The past year has been a rough one for this family. The mother lost her life several months ago after a lengthy illness leaving behind many medical bills and three children for her husband to raise.

While the father works, the bills far outweigh his income and he is worried that this year he will not be able to provide his children with a nice Christmas.

His boys, ages 6 and 16, are in need of some warm clothes for the winter. The youngest wears a medium-sized shirt while the oldest wears a large. The youngest could also use a new pair of shoes in size 1 1/2 and a new toy.

The girl, 10, is also in need of some warm clothes (large) and a new doll.

The father would appreciate any help given to his family on this holiday.

With two of her four children in bad health this mother of four is doing everything she can to give her kids a nice Christmas.

She is working two jobs but her top priority is her children and one of them has been in the hospital, causing the mother to miss work, leaving her unable to buy Christmas gifts this year.

Her three boys, ages 5, 8 and 10 are in need of shirts and pants. The youngest wears a size 6 pant and 6-8 shirt while the 8-year-old wears a size 10 pant and 10-12 shirt. The oldest wears a size 12 pant and 12-14 shirt.

Her oldest child, a 12-year-old girl, is also in need of clothes and wears a size 14 pant and 14-16 shirt.

While the mother didn't ask for anything she too could use clothes - 20 pant and 2X shirt - and a new pair of shoes in size 10. Some food to help through the winter would also be appreciated.

This single mother is doing her best to take care of her 2-year-old daughter even though she is still in high school. When she is not studying for her classes she is working as many hours as she can at her part-time job in order to give her child everything she can.

In order for her daughter to have a nice Christmas though she is in need of help. Her daughter wear a size 3 toddler in pants and shirts and would love to have a new doll this Christmas.

The mother wears a 7 or 8 pant and wears a medium top and could use some new clothes for school. Some food to help her through the winter would also be very helpful.

Anyone wishing to help these families or others can contact the Standard Democrat at 471-1137.