SIKESTON - Wish lists will be filled this Christmas with things to wear, play with, ride, drive, read, listen to, work with and look at.
The American Cancer Society is asking the public to consider adding one more item: giving a little of their hearts to individuals who are battling cancer.
The organization's Christmas Tea will provide that very opportunity.
Set for 4-6 p.m. Dec. 5, the event will take place at 1009 Westview Drive, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schuerenberg. It's a chance for residents to not only attend a holiday party but to join hands with the ACS in helping cancer patients.
All of the proceeds from the $25 donations stay locally.
"This is one of our fund-raisers that helps support events and programs such as Look Good... Feel Better and our Ensure supplements," said Cheryl Krebs, chairman of the event.
"It's a nice, casual time to get together with other people and help support the American Cancer Society. We'll serve finger foods and a variety of teas to taste, as well as give door prizes. Sue is opening her house for this event which will also give guests some ideas for decorating," she noted.
Audrey Brannan, income specialist for the ACS, described the tea as the perfect start to the holidays. "It is an opportunity for individuals to socialize with friends and others in the community and it benefits the American Cancer Society," she said.
Events like these are important, Brannan said, because they enable the ACS to do research, educate communities, continue advocacy efforts and provide patient services.
Krebs said one thing guests seem to enjoy about the tea is the fact that is it a casual event, making the decision of what to wear less of a problem, especially for those attending straight from work or holiday shopping.
"There are so many things the America Cancer Society does but most importantly the organization lets people diagnosed with cancer know they're not alone and there's somewhere they can go for help. By coming to this tea, you're helping us make that possible," Krebs said.
Although invitations are being sent out to those who attended last year, everyone is invited. For more information call the ACS office at 471-1823.