While the Christmas spirit has infected many, there are still some families who will not be able to have a merry 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 five cases who are in need of help this holiday season.
This year has been tough for this family of four. The father had a heart attack and is unable to work and the mother speaks limited English. Their 2 1/2 year-old daughter is also having health difficulties and is receives quite a bit of therapy.
Both of their daughters would love a toy for Christmas as well as some clothes. Their oldest daughter wears a 2-3 in toddler and their youngest daughter, 1 1/2, wears a 1-2 in toddler.
The parents would like some food to fill their cupboards this Christmas season as well as coats to keep them warm during the cold season.
This mother is raising four children and taking care of her mother. While she works, her low income and sporadic child support payments are still not enough for her to give her family a nice Christmas without the help of the Community Christmas Campaign.
Her sons, ages 3 and 5, could use some warm clothes for the winter and wear a large and medium in children's sizes. Her daughters, ages 2 and 6, could also use some clothes in a children's large and 3 in toddler. They would also appreciate some mittens to keep their hands warm in the winter and a toy.
The grandmother could use a nice warm coat in an extra-large. Some food for this family would help make Christmas a little merrier this year.
This woman has the difficult task of raising three sons as a single parent. She recently had surgery and is without a job and receives only a small temporary assistance check each month.
With little money coming in, these children may miss out on Christmas without the help of the Community Christmas Campaign.
Her twin sons, age 2, wears a youth medium and would love some clothes and a toy for Christmas. Her other son, 7 1/2 months, wears an infant size small.
The mother asked for nothing but would love to have some food to have a nice Christmas dinner for her family. Some diapers would also help.
These two young parents are trying to make it a nice Christmas for their family but times are tough. The father has a job so the mother can stay home and raise their 2 1/2 year-old son and 7-month old daughter, but money is short this year.
The Community Christmas Campaign wants to make Christmas seem a little brighter for this family. The children would love some coats and gloves to keep them warm and a toy they could play with.
Some food to put in the cabinets might also brighten Christmas for this family.
Being a single mother while raising a four children can often be trying, especially with a meager income. This mother isn't sure how to make her three daughters and son's Christmas a good one, but the Community Christmas Campaign can help.
A toy for her son, 3, as well as some winter clothes in children's medium would please her and her son. Her daughters, ages 11, 9 and 7 could also use a toy and some clothes in sizes extra large and children's extra large and children's large.
Although she didn't ask for anything, a winter coat and some food would be a nice gift for their mother.
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.