Known as “Share Your Christmas,” the annual campaign to help needy children in Texas County at Christmas time continues this week.
The program is headquartered in the basement of the Lions Club Den on North U.S. 63. Children enrolled are assigned case numbers, and people wishing to help are encouraged to “adopt” a specific case or provide general donations.
The following are summaries of some of this year’s cases.
A 1-year-old boy is in need of size 18-month warm pants and shirts, and size 6 shoes. He likes to play with cars and trucks, or any toys.
Two little girls, ages 2 and 7 months, need someone’s help to have Christmas gifts this year. The 2 year old needs size 3T pants and 4T tops, and she would like a baby doll or some building blocks. The baby needs size 12-months clothing and size 3 shoes. Any baby toys of teething rings would be appreciated.
A 2-year-old boy is hoping to get a big truck with a trailer for his Christmas gift. He needs size 24-months clothing. His 5-year-old sister’s wish is a baby doll she can feed. She wears size 7 pants and shirts. Their 8-year-old brother needs size 10 pants and shirts and would like some games.
Some cars, trucks, movies or games would really brighten up this 4-year-old boy’s Christmas. He is in need of size 4T pants and shirts and size 12 shoes.
These two little girls, ages 6 and 4, will be happy to get any toys, but they love to play with dolls. The 6 year old wears size 8 clothing and size 1 shoes. Her 4-year-old sister needs size 6-7 pants and tops and size 12 shoes.
Cars or a Nerf gun are on the wish list of these two brothers, ages 10 and 7. The 7-year-old needs size 7 pants and shirts and size 2 shoes. The 10 year old needs size 10 husky jeans, size 10-12 shirts and size 3 shoes. Both boys also need new coats.
This 5-year-old girl would like to get a doll house for her Christmas gift. She wears size 6 clothing and size 13 shoes. A 2-year-old girl needs size 2T clothes and size 5 shoes, and she would like a baby doll. Their 1-year-old baby sister wears size 18-months clothes and size 4 shoes, and would be happy with any toys.
A little 2-year-old girl is in need of size 4T pants and tops and size 9 shoes. She would love a new baby doll or any girl toys.
Some toy dishes or a Cinderella doll is the wish of this little 3-year-old girl. She also needs size 3T clothing and size 7 shoes.
The three children in this family will be happy with any toys or gifts they receive, and they haven’t asked for anything specific. A 10-year-old boy could use size 10 jeans and 10-12 shirts. Two girls, ages 7 and 5, need size 7 pants, 7-8 tops, size 4 pants and size 4-5 tops. A size 8 girl’s coat is also needed.
Two “Angel Trees” documenting enrolled children and their cases are set up in Houston, one at the Walmart Supercenter on South Sam Houston Blvd. and another at Untangled Salon on First Street. Program director Pat Miller said response has been good at the trees, but that there are still many needs, particularly new toys and children’s clothing and coats.
As of Monday morning, 253 Texas County children from 104 families had been enrolled in the “Share Your Christmas” program, and 104 children have been adopted or have received gifts from Angel Trees.
Local organizations, groups or businesses that contributed to Share Your Christmas during the past week include Town and Country Supermarket employees, Central Baptist Church, Womack Chiropractic, Landmark Bank employees, Progressive Ozark Bank employees, Blue Heaven Club, Neal’s Sporting Goods, Ron Reed’s Sunday School class at Ozark Baptist Church, Jr. ROTC Toys for Tots and Piney Art League.
Donations and applications are accepted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Houston Lions Club den.
Cash donations – to help children who are not adopted – can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Houston Herald office on Grand Avenue in Houston, or mailed to the Herald at P.O. Box 170, Houston, Mo., 65483.
For more information, call Sara Miller at 417-457-6075 or Pat Miller at 417-967-3234.