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Families in need of help

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

SIKESTON -- As many local residents continue their Christmas shopping and prepare for the holidays, it is a good time to think of others who will not have a merry Christmas without help.

The holiday spirit has reached many already and through the Community Christmas Campaign other area families will gain some Christmas cheer in the form of food, blankets and other needed items.

Today, the Standard Democrat continues to profile five cases which are in need of your help this holiday season.

Raising three children is tough enough in today's world, but for these parents it is even tougher. Both out of work, they are worried their three children will have a disappointing Christmas this year.

Their sons, age 7 and 8, wear small in youth sizes and could use some warm clothes for the cold months. Their daughter could also use some warm clothes and wears a medium in youth. They would each like a toy as well.

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 elderly woman has worked hard all of her life but now is finding life difficult. Confined to a wheelchair and receiving only a small social security check, this woman has trouble making ends meet each month.

While too proud to ask for help, this woman, who wears a 2X, would love to have a nice sweater to wear this winter and some food to last her through Christmas. She would also appreciate a warm blanket.

This woman has the difficult task of raising a son and daughter as a single parent. She 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 son, age 8, wears a youth medium and would love some clothes and the Jurassic Park Part III movie. Her daughter, 5, wears a large and extra-large in child and would love a Barbie or a watch for Christmas.

The mother asked for nothing but needs food to have a nice Christmas dinner for her family.

It was a tough year for this family. The mother had a heart attack and is out of work while the father was injured at work and is trying to get disability. While they have not lost the Christmas spirit, they are still afraid it will be a Christmas to forget for their family.

The Community Christmas Campaign wants to make the holiday a little brighter this year for this family. The children, boys ages 5 and 6, and girls, ages 11 and 21, need some coats and gloves to keep them warm this winter. The children would also love a toy.

Some food to put in the cabinets might also brighten Christmas for this family.

Being a single mother while raising a small girl can often times be trying, especially with a meager income. This mother isn't sure how to make her 2-year-old son's Christmas a good one, but the Community Christmas Campaign can help.

A toy for her son as well as some winter clothes in children's large would please her and her son. Although she didn't ask for anything, a winter coat in large and some food would be a nice gift.

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.