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Donations could make Christmas brighter for needy

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

SIKESTON -- Christmas is less than two weeks away and the Community Christmas Campaign is set to deliver baskets to the needy in one week.

While many people have already donated time and money to the Community Christmas Campaign help is still needed to ensure as many families as possible have a merry Christmas.

Currently, help is needed to deliver the baskets on Dec. 19. Delivery begins early that morning and continues throughout the day; any help that could be given is appreciated.

This woman worked hard raising her daughters but now she has three granddaughters to raise and times are tough. She is afraid this Christmas will be a disappointing one for her granddaughters but the Community Christmas Campaign is stepping in to help.

Her granddaughters are in dire need of winter clothing, from coats and gloves to hats, scarves and socks. Her 11-year-old granddaughter wears a child's extra large while her other two grandchildren wear large and medium.

The grandmother said it would also be nice if her children could get an educational toy.

The grandmother didn't ask for anything, but a warm blanket and some food to last her through the Christmas season would put a smile on her face as well.

Times are difficult for this mother and her temporary assistance check is still not enough to pay all the bills and give her three children a nice Christmas.

The mother said her son, 8, and two daughters, 11 and 7, could use some warm clothes this Christmas. All three children wear a size 8 in pants and shirts.

The mother asked for nothing for herself but a nice coat to keep her warm would be a perfect gift. The mother wears a large.

This single mother is hard working but can't always make ends meet while raising her two children. Now this family may not be able to have anything for Christmas.

Her son, 4, could use a new pair of pants and wears a youth size 14-16. He could also use a pair of gloves and a toy for Christmas.

Her daughter is just 20 months old and needs some clothes to keep her warm this winter. The child wears a child's size 3.

The mother didn't ask for anything, but some food and household items might help bring a smile on this mother's face for Christmas.

The Christmas season can be tough on the elderly and that is true for this 73-year-old woman. With no family left, she spends her holiday alone in front of the television. Her only income is her Social Security check but that is hardly enough to pay the bills.

A Christmas basket for this woman would brighten her holiday and maybe a blanket for her to cover her feet with as she sits in front of the television on the cold Southeast Missouri winter nights.

As a single parent, times can be difficult and this single father is having a tough time these last few months. Recently unemployed he has no income and is afraid he will not be able to get his 4-year-old daughter, who he adores, anything for Christmas.

The girl could use a new dress to wear to church on Sundays and wears a children's size five. Her father would also like her to have a new toy for Christmas so he can see her pretty smile.

The father didn't ask for anything but for some food so he and his daughter could have nice Christmas meal.

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.