SIKESTON -- Christmas is less than three weeks away and many area families are still in need of help to have a nice holiday.
Many people have already donated time and money to the Community Christmas Campaign but more help is needed to make sure as many families as possible have a festive Christmas.
One current need is toys for children of all ages. While many have been donated, there still isn't enough to make sure all of the children get a toy, organizers said.
Case No. 16
This young mother works hard and often times extra hours to make ends meet, but she still is not going to be able to give her twin sons a nice Christmas.
Her boys, age 1, are in need of some clothes in infant medium and they could also use some diapers and a toy. The mother asked for nothing for herself, but some household products and some food would help make Christmas better this year.
Case No. 17
This family has seen very hard times the last year and Christmas isn't looking very bright. The mother found out she has breast cancer and is going through chemotherapy. Meanwhile, the father is raising the three children and taking care of the mother.
The boys, ages 6 and 14, could use coats and some warm clothes as could there sister, age 9. A toy for the youngest two would also be well received.
The parents would love some food to put in their cupboards to help them through this tough time.
Case No. 18
This mother is busy raising her four children by herself which is never easy. However, this mother is also mentally disabled and in need of help this Christmas. Unable to buy presents for her children, the Community Christmas Campaign is trying to help. Her sons, ages 10, 6 and 3, would enjoy a new toy for Christmas and some clothes to help get them through the winter. Her daughter, age 9, would also like a doll and a nice dress. The mother could use a jacket in a large size and some food for Christmas dinner.
Case No. 19
The holidays are supposed to be a festive time, however, this elderly woman doesn't feel so festive this year. Receiving only a small Social Security check each month, this woman doesn't believe she will have a good Christmas this year.
Some food to last her through the winter would brighten her holiday as would a warm blanket and some household items.
Case No. 20
These two parents have always provided for their children. However, unexpectedly the father had to be hospitalized. Even though he is now out of the hospital, bills have piled up and they now have nothing left for Christmas. Their boy, 9, would love a new toy for Christmas as would their daughter, age 4. They would also like some new shoes to wear to school. The parents didn't ask for anything, but some household items and some food for a nice Christmas dinner would really help this family.
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 by area organizations and applications are not accepted at the Standard Democrat.