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 Wednesday.
It is still not too late to assist the Campaign. Delivery help is needed as over 250 baskets must be delivered on Wednesday. Also, there is still a shortage of toys to be given to children.
For those who think they are getting 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 has worked hard raising her five children, but now, left with no job, she is afraid there will not be Christmas this year.
Her daughters, ages 16, 10, 8 and 6 could all use some warm clothes for the winter as well as clothing for her 11-year-old son. Some gloves would also help keep their hands warm in the cold and a toy for the young ones would put a smile on their faces.
The mother could use a coat for this winter in a medium and some food for a nice Christmas dinner would be appreciated.
This mother of six is trying to support her children on a small social security and temporary income check that she receives each month. While the money helps take care of most of the bills, she is afraid she will not have any money left over to spend on her children for Christmas.
The boys, ages 10, 9, 8 and 7 would love to have a toy as would the girls, ages 11 and 5. This family could also use some food that would last them through the winter along with some household items.
Christmas is beginning to look like it will be a disappointing time for this family. Neither mom or dad currently has a job and all of their money comes from a small monthly social security check. What is worst of all is mom and dad don't know how they are going to give their five children the Christmas they deserve.
The family has three sons, ages 16, 12 and 11 and two daughters, ages, 13 and 9 who would love some winter clothes for Christmas. The younger children would also love to have a new toy.
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 woman doesn't feel very festive this year. She receives very little money each month from her social security check and won't have enough money for nice meal this Christmas.
She is now looking to the Community Christmas Campaign to help her. Some food to last her through the winter would be helpful as would a blanket to keep her warm on the cold Southeast Missouri nights.
This single mother is doing her best to raise four children, however, times are tough and the bills keep piling up. Now she is afraid her children will be doing without some of the things they need in their everyday lives.
She would love to have coats for her boys, ages 15, 14 and 11. The 15 and 14-year-old wear a large and the 11-year-old wears a medium.
She said her 3-year-old daughter could also use some clothing in a child's medium as well as a new toy.
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.