(Tim Jaynes, Staff)
Jessica Chinnadurai and Katie Obermark load a vehicle with Easter baskets for children in the disaster area of Caruthersville Wednesday during Operation H.O.P.E. in Joy at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Parish Center. The operation, which stands for Helping Other People Experience Easter, is sponsored by the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish and School, the Daughters of Isabella Circle 768, the Knights of Columbus Council 3141, the Sikeston Lions Club and Wal-Mart. The project arose out of conversations with a Glenmary Missionaries Sister of Cautherville Darlene Presley, and the Rev. Scott Sunnenberg, pastor of St. Francis Xavier, about the needs already being addressed and those still in need of attention.