The annual campaign to help needy children in Texas County at Christmas time is under way.
Known as “Share Your Christmas,” the program is headquartered in the basement of the Houston Lions Club den on North U.S. 63.
“We are very much in need of donations of new and very good used toys and clothing,” program coordinator Pat Miller said.
Children enrolled are assigned case numbers; the following are summaries of some of this year’s needs.
A little girl would like a new baby doll for Christmas. She needs size 5T clothing and size 11 shoes. Her 9-year-old brother would like some action figures or toy cars. He needs size 14 husky jeans, size 14 shirts and size 6 shoes.
Two boys, ages 7 and 8, would like some Transformers, monster trucks or an art set. The 8-year-old needs size 16 shirts, size 16 husky jeans and size 8 shoes. The 7 year old needs size 6 slim jeans, size 6-7 shirts and size 13 shoes. Their 1 ½ -year-old sister needs 24-month clothing and size 6 shoes. She will be happy with any toy for her age.
A 5-year-old girl would like a Barbie doll with some extra clothes and a car. She needs size 6-7 pants and tops and size 11 shoes.
A 9-year-old girl’s Christmas wish is a Barbie doll house. She wears size 14 clothing and size 4 shoes. Her 2-year-old brother would like a big car and needs size 2T pants, 3T shirts and size 9 shoes. These children also need winter coats.
A 2-year-old boy will be happy with any toys and he needs warm clothing and a size 24 months coat. He also needs size 6 shoes.
Some Legos would make a 5-year-old boy very happy this Christmas. He also needs size 6 slim jeans, 6-7 shirts and size 12-wide shoes. His 4-year-old sister would like a Barbie doll or some toy dishes. She needs size 4-5 clothing and size 9 shoes.
A 10-year-old girl needs size 12 pants, 12-14 tops and size 10 ½ shoes. She also needs a warm coat, size 12-14. She would like some play make-up, games or an art set.
Three children need someone’s help to make their Christmas happy. An 18-month old boy needs size 18-months pants and 18-24 months shirts. He likes toys that light up and make noise. A 3-year old boy needs 4T pants, 5T shirts and size 6 shoes. He really likes Spiderman and trains. The 8-year-old sister needs 16 ½ pants and tops and a size 16-18 coat. She likes Hannah Montana.
An 18-month-old little girl is in need of warm clothing, a size 18-24 month coat and size 3 shoes. She will be happy with any toys for her age.
A little girl who is almost 2 would love a new baby doll for Christmas. She needs size 2T warm winter clothing.
Miller said that through last week, applications for assistance for a total of 157 children had been received.
People wishing to help are encouraged to “adopt” a specific case or to provide general donations.
Organizations, groups or businesses that have recently contributed to include Air Evac employees, Corner Express workers, the Houston High School chapter of FCCLA, Landmark Bank employees and Peace Chapel Assembly of God.
An Angel Tree documenting children and cases has been set up at the Houston Walmart. Here is how it works: Take an angel off the tree. It contains the needs of a child. Once shopping is complete, return the gifts and the angel that has a number on it to the store’s service desk.
Monetary donations can be made at the Houston Herald office on Grand Street in Houston or by sending them to: Share Your Christmas, P.O. Box 170, Houston, Mo. 65483.
To help a family or child or to obtain other information, call 417-457-6075 days or 417-967-3234 evenings.