SIKESTON -- Now that Thanksgiving has past, the focus is clearly on Christmas. As many local residents buy Christmas trees and hang their decorations, it is a good time to think of those 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 many area families will gain some Christmas cheer.
Beginning today, the Standard Democrat will profile five cases twice a week which are in need of help this holiday season.
After spending many years on the job, this elderly couple is now unable to work and is having trouble making ends meet.
They receive only a Social Security check and often times there is nothing left after paying bills. To make matters worse, this couple has no family in the area and Christmas is an awfully tough time for them.
This couple's Christmas would be much brighter with some food to put on their table. Coats would also be a good gift for this couple (men's 3X and women's extra-large) for them to wear while working outside.
Raising two boys is a difficult task, and this woman does it alone and on a small income.
While barely making ends meet, this woman said she wouldn't normally ask for help but she is afraid her children will not have a merry Christmas without it and her boys 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 oldest boy, 11, wears a large while his brother, 9, wears a medium. The mother (size large) could use some warm shirts.
Case No. 3
Being a single mother is hard enough, but this woman is trying to raise her son while receiving just a small Social Security check each month. With very little money, this woman will not be able to give her son a nice Christmas.
Her son, age 12, is in need of some clothes and wears an adult large. The mother, who wears an extra large, could also use some clothes and some household supplies.
These gifts, along with a nice Christmas meal, will help make the holidays a little better.
This family of seven 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 five children range in age from 10 to 17 and the parents are desperately trying to give them the Christmas they deserve.
The three boys, ages 12, 13 and 17, wear adult's sizes large and extra large and would love to have some new shirts to wear to school. The two girls, ages 10 and 14, wear medium in youth size and an adult large.
The parents would appreciate some clothes as well as a nice Christmas meal for their family.
Her daughter will brighten up the room with her energy and smile, but this mother is afraid there will be no smiles this Christmas.
Her daughter, 7, has been asking for a Barbie doll for months and with times tough, this mother may not be able to afford her daughter's wish. The girl, who wears a youth medium, could also use some warm clothes for the cold winter months.
While the mother asked for nothing for herself, some food to fill the cupboard would be a big help.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 St. Names of those to receive a Christmas basket are referred to the campaign by area organizations and applications are not accepted at the Standard Democrat.