For those who have tired of the Community Christmas Campaign, this will mark the final words I will write on the subject this year. Beginning tomorrow morning, hundreds of Christmas baskets will be delivered to the needy in Sikeston. It is because of the generosity of Sikeston residents that this is possible.
For those who have volunteered or for those willing to volunteer, delivery will begin tomorrow starting around 8 a.m. Sorry we can't do anything about the weather but last year's delivery took place in an ice storm.
I've written previously about the success of this year's program. But in fact, it's only successful if the intended recipients receive their food baskets and if the kids have a smile on their faces. That depends solely now on our ability to deliver. And believe me, it's no simple task.
Those volunteers who agree to act as Santa and deliver the baskets are no less important than the organizations who donate thousands of dollars. In some ways, the volunteers' task is more important. Because of that, we urge all of those who have volunteered to remember the campaign tomorrow morning.
Let me end by thanking the entire community for the successes of this year. On behalf of those who will receive a basket, thank you for your concern and consideration. It makes the holiday special in so many ways.