SIKESTON -- Christmas is less than three weeks away and many area families still need 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. While many have been donated, there still isn't enough to make sure each child receives a toy.
For many years this mother and father were able to make ends meet in order to give their three boys the Christmas they deserve. However, times have gotten hard recently, forcing this family to ask for help from the Community Christmas Campaign.
The boys, 7, 5 and 18 months are in need of clothes and wear medium in child sizes and infant size. They could also use a nice new toy for Christmas.
The parents asked for nothing but some food to fill the cupboards through the Christmas season would be a welcome gift.
This single mother's only sources of income are from a monthly social security check and a small child support check yet she still manages to raise her son and daughter with no complaints.
However, this year a nice Christmas may be out of reach for her family without the help of the Community Christmas Campaign.
Her son, 17, could use a new jacket and wears a large while her daughter, 12, wears an adult medium and could use a new dress.
The mother could use some food and some household items to help her during the holiday season.
This husband and wife work hard for their children but times are still hard and their three children may not be able to have a nice Christmas.
Their son, 10, is in need of some new pants and wears a size 12 in husky. Their daughters, 9 and 7 are also in need of some new clothes and wear large in children's sizes. All three could also use a nice toy for Christmas.
This family could also use some food so they can have a nice Christmas meal.
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 nice warm blanket and some household items.
Christmas is going to be a tough time for this family. Neither the mother or her boyfriend work and they are trying to raise four boys and a newborn baby girl.
The boys, ages 10, 9, 6 and 2 need some clothes for Christmas and wear youth medium, children's medium and infant large.
They could also use some warm gloves to keep their hands warm in the winter and a toy.
The baby could use a blanket to make sure she doesn't get cold this winter and a nice baby toy.
Some diapers might help the girls parents get through this rough time as well.
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.