[Nameplate] Overcast ~ 37°F  
High: 40°F ~ Low: 32°F
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Families need assistance

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

(Photo)
Michael Nickelson practices for the upcoming First Baptist Church "Living Christmas Tree." Friday is the opening night for the 20th annual performance.
SIKESTON -- As Christmas quickly approaches volunteers with the Community Christmas Campaign are feverishly working to make sure there are enough items for everyone who is to receive a Christmas basket.

"Right now everything is going real well," said Tim Jaynes, director of the Campaign. "We are still in need of toys and personal hygiene items."

Toys are especially needed for girls under the age of 4. Dolls or any other toy donations would be appreciated.

Jaynes said people are also needed to help deliver Christmas baskets on Dec. 17. Anyone wishing to help with the Campaign or make donations can contact the Standard Democrat at 471-1137.

Things were going well for this young couple and their four children until this fall when their home burned destroying all of their possessions. Now after having to move into a new home this hard-working mother and father are still in need this Christmas.

The daughters, ages 12 and 9, could use new clothes as well as coats and shoes for the winter. The sons, ages 11 and 4, are also in need of some clothes. The youngest wears a size 6 in pants and shirt.

The mother and father need some clothes to wear to their jobs and coats and gloves. Food for this family to have a warm Christmas meal would also be a nice gift.

This elderly woman lives alone and has no family nearby to help care for her. She has only her social security check and making ends meet is very difficult.

This woman could use a new coat (large) this Christmas, tennis shoes (size 10) and pants (size 16).

Food for a nice Christmas meal and to help fill her cupboard long after the Christmas season would be welcome gift for this appreciative woman.

This mother works hard however her boyfriend recently lost his job and although he is looking for new one things are looking grim this Christmas for their two daughters.

The youngest, 6, has many health concerns including being in need of a new pair of glasses. She could use some new warm shirts (size 6) for winter as well as a new pair of shoes (size 10 1/2) to replace the worn shoes she wears every day.

Her sister, 8, could also use some shirts (size 8) and a nice warm coat. A doll for the two of them would also be welcomed. Anyone wishing to adopt a family can contact the Standard Democrat at 471-1147. All baskets will be delivered on Dec. 17.