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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Countdown begins to Community Christmas Campaign delivery

Sunday, December 15, 2002

Employees of Charter Cable bag toys collected for the Community Christmas Campaign.
SIKESTON -- Christmas is right around the corner and while many people are finishing up their holiday shopping, the Community Christmas Campaign is preparing to deliver baskets to the needy on Wednesday.

It is still not too late to help the Campaign. Help is needed to delivery over 250 baskets on Wednesday. Also, there is still a shortage of toys to be given to children and any help would be appreciated.

For those who think they will get a basket, delivery will begin at 8 a.m. and two passes will be made at each address. If nobody is home in those two passes, the basket will go to another needy family.

This woman is working hard raising her two children alone after their father was put in prison. She works long hours at her job, but still will not be able to give her two daughters a nice Christmas.

Her daughters, ages 1 1/2 and eight months, are in need of some warm clothes for Christmas in a size 2 toddler and infant medium. The mother would also love to get her daughters some educational toys.

The mother could use a coat for this winter in a large and some food for Christmas dinner would be appreciated.

Christmas doesn't look very merry for this family as mom is having to work to support both boys after their father recently lost his job. While he is looking for work, nothing has surfaced yet and there is no money for presents.

The boys, ages 7 and 4, would love to have a toy and some gloves to keep their hands warm when they play outside. This family could also use some food that would last them through the winter as well as some household items.

Christmas is beginning to look like it will be a disappointing time for this family. Mom and Dad, who are disabled and out of work, are being supported by their 19-year-old son. What is the worst of all is Mom and Dad don't know how they are going to give their 4-year-old daughter the Christmas she deserves.

The daughter wears a size five and would love a new dress for Christmas. She has also been asking for doll to play with.

The oldest son could use a coat to wear back and forth to work.

Though Mom and dad didn't ask for anything, some household items would be nice as would some food.

The Christmas season is supposed to be a festive one, but this elderly Sikeston couple don't feel very festive this year. They receive only a little money each month from a Social Security check and won't have enough money for nice meal this Christmas.

They are looking to the Community Christmas Campaign to help them this Christmas season. Some food to last them through the winter would be helpful as would a blanket to keep them warm on the cold Southeast Missouri nights.

This single mother is doing her best to raise her three children and to assist a 23-year-old friend who is down on her luck, however, times are tough and the bills keep piling up. Now she is afraid her children must do without some of the things they need in their everyday lives.

She would love to have coats for her boy, 8, in a size 9 or 10.

She said her daughters, 3 and 5, could also use some clothing in a child's 3 or 4 and size 5. Both could also use a new toy.

The friend could also use a size 2X coat.

Some household items would also help this single mother along with some food until she can get back on her feet.

Those who would like to help with the Community Christmas Campaign can call the Standard Democrat office during business hours at 471-1137. Donations can be left at the office located at 205 S. New Madrid. Names of those to receive a Christmas basket are referred to by area organizations and applications are not accepted at the Standard Democrat.