Share Your Christmas is under way in Teas County. The drive helps children who need a boost at the holidays.

“Share Your Christmas,” the annual drive that assists children of needy families in Texas County, began last week with 96 applications for assistance.

The campaign was launched several years ago by the Houston Herald and is headquartered in the basement of the Houston Lions Club on North U.S. 63, with Pat Miller as its coordinator. Anyone wanting to adopt a family, donate or offer assistance can visit the headquarters. At the top of the needs list are new toys, children’s clothing and good used items of all sizes, such as children’s clothing of all sizes, shoes, toys and household items.

Applications are accepted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline is Dec. 11. Participants will soon be able to adopt a case by taking angels that detail kids’ needs and requests off of a Christmas tree at the Houston Walmart Supercenter. Monetary donations can also be sent to Share Your Christmas, P.O. Box 170, Houston, Mo., 65483.

For more information, call 417-217-1318, 417-457-6075 or 417-217-6595.

“The campaign helps make the holiday brighter for those who have little,” Miller said.

The first cases:

•Case 1 –– Two little girls, ages 4 and 8, would like to get some Legos for their Christmas gift. The 4 year old needs size 5 clothing and size 11 shoes. The 8 year old requires size 8 clothing and size 13 shoes.

•Case 2 –– A 3-year-old boy is in need of size 3T pants, size 4T shirts and size 9 shoes. He also needs some socks, underwear and a winter coat. His toy wish is some cars, trucks or a helicopter.

•Case 3 –– Some dinosaurs or a Paw Patrol toy is the Christmas wish of this 4-year-old boy. He is in need of size 4 pants and shirts and size 10 shoes. His 2-year-old sister needs size 2T clothing and size 6 shoes. Her toy wish is a doll or Minnie Mouse. Both children are in need of socks and underwear. They both love books.

•Case 4 –– This 4-year-old boy is in need of size 5 jeans, size 6 shirts and size 12 shoes. His Christmas toy wish is some trucks or Legos.

•Case 5 –– A “Frozen” doll is the toy this 4-year-old girl is hoping to get for Christmas. She needs size 5 clothing and size 11 shoes. A 10-year-old boy would really like a football and is in need of size 12 Husky jeans, XL boys’ shirts, and size 8 men’s shoes. The 1-year-old baby girl needs size 18 months clothing and size 4 toddler shoes. Any baby toys would make her happy.

Applications are accepted 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline is Dec. 11. Persons will soon be able to adopt a case by taking an angel off a Christmas tree at Houston Walmart Center. Each outlines requests. Persons also can send donations to Share Your Christmas, P.O. Box 170, Houston, Mo. 65483.

To receive additional information, call 417-217-1318, 417-457-6075 or 417-217-6595.

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