The campaign to help needy children in Texas County each year 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.
Children enrolled are assigned case numbers; the following are summaries of some of this year’s needs.
A new doll is on the Christmas list of this 5-year-old girl. She needs a size 6 winter coat, size 5 pants, size 6 tops and size 8 shoes.
A 2-year-old little boy would like some new cars or trucks for Christmas. He wears size 2T pants and shirts and size 6 ½ shoes. He also needs a size 2T warm coat.
Warm clothing, blankets and diapers are very much needed for a 6-month-old baby boy. He needs size 9-12-month clothing and size 2 shoes. He would enjoy any new toys appropriate for his age.
Two brothers, ages 4 and 3, would like to get some Legos, a big truck or some books for Christmas. Both boys wear size 4T pants and shirts. The 4-year-old needs size 11 shoes and his brother needs size 10 shoes.
The Christmas wish of a 10-year-old girl is some new games, art supplies or a stuffed animal. She needs size 7 pants, 7-8 tops and size 2 shoes. Her 6-year-old sister loves to color, so she would really like some new coloring books or an art set. She needs size 6-7 clothes, size 13 shoes and a size 7 coat.
A 1-year-old boy would be very happy to get a musical toy, some books or some trucks for Christmas. He needs size 12-months pants, size 5 shoes and size 18-months shirts and coat.
A family with four small children is in need of some help with Christmas gifts this year. A 4-year-old girl wears size 3T clothing and size 10 shoes. She would like a Barbie doll or some play make-up. A 2-year-old boy wears size 2T clothing and size 7 shoes. He likes cars, trucks, blocks or any toys for a little boy. A 1-year-old girl and new baby girl would be happy to have any toys for their age. They need size 12-months and 3-6 months clothing and shoes sizes 4 and 1.
A remote control truck is the Christmas wish of this 5-year-old boy. He needs size 5T pants and shirts and size 12 shoes.
A 4-month old baby boy is much in need of a snowsuit and some warm blankets. He wears size 6-9 months clothing and would be happy with any baby toys.
This 6-year old boy would like to get a Lego set, a game or cars for his Christmas gift. He needs size 8 pants and shirts and size 2 shoes. His 2-year-old sister likes dolls, books or toy dishes. She wears size 2T clothing and size 6 shoes. Both children need winter coats.
Share Your Christmas coordinator Pat Miller said the program is still in need of lots of new toys and children’s clothing as well as good used items.
As of Monday morning, 220 children had been enrolled and 65 had been adopted.
Organizations, groups or businesses that have recently contributed include The Bank of Houston employees, Northside Baptist Church, Bado Community Church, Neal’s Sporting Goods, Burch Insurance, Forbes’ Pharmacy, New Hope Baptist Church WMU, Houston High School – National Honor Society, Central Baptist Church, Jan Watson – VIP Realty and Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson.
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 and has a case number on it. Once shopping is complete, return the gifts and the angel to the store’s service desk.
Monetary donations can be made at the Houston Herald office on Grand Avenue 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.