SIKESTON -- Now that Thanksgiving has past, the focus is clearly on Christmas. And as many local residents buy Christmas trees and hang their decorations, it is a good time to think of others who will not have a merry Christmas without the help of others.
The holiday spirit has reached many already and through the Community Christmas Campaign area families will gain some Christmas cheer.
Beginning today, the Standard Democrat will profile twice a week five cases in need of your help this holiday season.
After spending many years working, this elderly woman is now unable to hold a job and is having trouble making ends meet.
She receives only a Social Security check and often times there is nothing left after paying bills. To make matters worse, this woman lives alone and with no family in the area. Christmas is a tough time for her.
This woman's Christmas would be much brighter with some food to put in her cabinets and a nice warm blanket that she can use to cover her feet while she reads on a cold Southeast Missouri night.
Raising three children is a difficult task, and this woman does it alone and on a small income.
While barely making ends meet, this woman wouldn't ask for help but she is afraid her children will not have a merry Christmas without it and her children mean everything to her.
With the Community Christmas Campaign though she might be able to give the children a nice Christmas meal, as well as a toy and some warm clothes.
The children include one boy, 6, who wears a small; and two girls, both 10 who wear large in youth sizes. The mother wears extra large and could use a coat for the cold winter months.
This family of nine has had things rough this past year. The father recently lost his job and is looking for a new one while they live on the mother's small salary.
Their seven children range in age from 4 to 13 and the parents are desperately trying to give them the Christmas they deserve.
The three boys, ages 4, 8 and 10, wear children's sizes small, medium and large and would love to have some new shirts to wear to school. The four girls, ages 6, 9, 12 and 13 wear medium in youth size and small and medium in children's sizes.
The parents would appreciate some clothes as well as a nice Christmas meal for their family.
Being a single working mother is tough, but this woman does it without complaint. However, raising her three boys is tougher as they have some health problems and her low salary cannot always pay the medical bills. Now she is afraid her children will not have a nice Christmas.
Her sons, age 3, 4 and 6 wear children's clothes size 5 or 6 and youth sizes 10-12. They would love to have some new clothes as well as a toy for Christmas.
While the mother asked for nothing, she wears a 2X and new coat along with a nice Christmas meal for her family would make the holidays a little brighter.
She is only 17, but she already has a 3-year-old daughter and times are tough. She would love nothing more than to give her daughter a nice Christmas but right now she is not be able to do that.
Her daughter wears a size four and would like some new clothes and a pair of gloves to keep her hands warm when she plays outside this winter. A doll would also make this girl happy on Christmas day.
The mother wears a medium size and could use a new jacket. Some food to help make the Christmas season brighter.
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.