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Forty Years Strong
Posted Friday, December 19, at 10:37 AM
Forty years...and counting! What an awesome statement the success of the Jaycee Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly projects makes for our community. The generosity of individuals and businesses is nothing short of amazing! In a time when need is great for some and blessings in abundance for others - it is wonderful to see efforts made during the holiday season to find balance for the less fortunate...

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Toys for Struggling Families
Posted Wednesday, December 10, at 12:56 PM

While many of us look forward to the joy of Christmas every year, celebrating with family and friends and giving and receiving gifts, for some the Christmas season brings with it worry and stress. How do you pay for gifts for your children when Dad has lost his job, medical expenses have piled up, or there is no work to be found to support the cost of living for your family?...

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The Hustle and Bustle Has Begun...
Posted Sunday, December 7, at 7:42 AM

We are less than two weeks out from delivery for the Jaycee Christmas for the Elderly and Toybox projects and there is still SOO much to do. Jaycee members can be seen out with carts full of toys and elderly needs as they work their way through the crowds this holiday season. With only 1/3 of our Toybox applications currently filled, "Santa's workshop" is running low on toy donations and the budget is dwindling quickly!...

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Holiday Giving Means Christmas Joy for All
Posted Thursday, November 20, at 1:48 PM

"Dear Santa, thank you sooooooo much for the toys. I love you and I know I will love my gifts. Merry Christmas, Santa!" Taped to a paper plate of cookies, these are the words of a 7 year old girl who was gifted by donations from the Toybox Project...

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Just Another Day at Santa's Workshop
Posted Tuesday, November 11, at 1:48 PM

Long before the Christmas season begins, the Cape Jaycees begin planning for their annual Christmas Projects: Christmas for the Elderly and Toybox. From fundraising efforts in the summer months to early clearance shopping, months of preparation go into the implementation of the Jaycee Holiday Programs. Here is a look behind the scenes at "Santa's Workshop".....

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Last Minute Needs for Toybox
Posted Monday, December 16, at 4:42 PM

As we enter delivery week, the Jaycee Toybox Project needs your help! In our efforts to fill "Santa Wish lists" for the children of Cape Girardeau, we are in need of toys for our older age group, 10-12, for both boys and girls. "Clare" is raising twins, a boy and a girl age 11, on the earnings from waitressing two jobs. ...

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Community Committment
Posted Thursday, December 12, at 10:28 PM

Every year I am overwhelmed by the Community's commitment to helping others during the holiday season. For 39 years, individuals and businesses have reached out to those in need through the Jaycee Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly programs. Through gift donations, monetary support, and hours of volunteer work, we are able to give to over 1500 children and 30+ senior citizens in need every year. ...

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Animals Warm the Heart
Posted Tuesday, December 10, at 4:30 PM

Rather you prefer a frisky feline or a mischievous puppy, most would agree that animals bring joy to a home. Coming home at the end of a hard day to someone who loves you unconditionally or snuggling on a cold, snowy afternoon - animals warm the heart! For some this is a living, breathing pet and others - the "stuffed" variety does the job!...

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Countdown to Delivery
Posted Monday, December 9, at 7:31 PM

The Jaycees are working hard at the peak of their annual Christmas projects, Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly. With over 350 families in need of toys for the holiday and over 35 elderly seeking assistance, Santa's "elves" are busy at work! With just shy of two weeks left in the Toybox Drive and the Christmas for the Elderly project heading closer to delivery date, we are looking to the community to help us wrap up another successful year...

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The Single Life
Posted Sunday, December 8, at 6:53 PM

Living alone in your late years or raising children alone as a single parent can create a sense of isolation and despair for individuals. Living "the single life" brings with it financial struggles and challenges in daily living. Mrs. B is an elderly woman who struggles with high blood pressure and is constrained to a wheelchair. ...

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Special Needs Challenge Young and Old Alike
Posted Friday, December 6, at 1:38 PM

Living with a Developmental Disability presents challenges in basic daily living. Add financial struggles and additional health concerns and these challenges are multiplied. Mr. R is challenged with developmental disabilities and is facing dialysis for kidney failure. ...

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And We're Off!
Posted Saturday, November 30, at 3:34 PM

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone - Black Friday is behind us - and Christmas is just around the corner. The Jaycees are in full swing on the Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly projects for the 2013 Holiday season. Up approximately 30 applications from last year's numbers, we have begun the work of collecting and gathering toys and fundraising for monetary donations to fill those voids on the shelves of our warehouse. ...

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Keeping Tradition: Jaycee Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly
Posted Thursday, November 14, at 7:19 PM

It is hard to believe that another holiday season is upon us and yet, here we are... cooler temperatures, discounts on Thanksgiving Turkeys, and Christmas cheer filling the shelves of stores everywhere. With this season of joy and thanksgiving, comes another tradition- the tradition of the Jaycee Christmas programs, Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly...

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Family of Four Struggles after Lay-off
Posted Tuesday, December 11, at 7:31 AM

For the past few years, lay-offs and cutbacks have highlighted the evening news as big corporations struggle in today's challenging economy. When you are the sole money-maker in the family, this is devestating to the stability of your home. "Mr. Smith" has always worked hard to support his wife and children so that she can stay home and care for their young ones. ...

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Needs for Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly
Posted Monday, December 3, at 9:08 PM

As I spend time sorting and sifting through the applications for the Jaycee Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly projects, I find myself counting my own blessings of security, health, and family this holiday season. There are so many with needs greater than my own and it is humbling to see the stories, situations, and challenges that others face. ...

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Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly: Diabetes Strikes Hard at Christmas
Posted Saturday, December 1, at 6:22 AM

For those living with Diabetes, life is a daily challenge. For "Mary", a single mother of three, there are days it seems impossible. With the medical expenses and threat of complications lingering overhead everyday, Mary struggles to make ends meet for her family of four. ...

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Christmas for the Elderly
Posted Tuesday, November 27, at 9:08 AM

Christmas trees have been decorated, lights adorn the porches of homes, and presents are being purchased and wrapped for giving to others; the Christmas season has arrived! For some in our community, the holiday season is not a joyous time. Struggling to buy the most basic of living needs, pay the utility bills, or keep up with the costs of prescriptions, senior citizens often find themselves over-extended and lonely during this time of the year. ...

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Drop Locations for Donations
Posted Monday, November 19, at 1:49 PM

We have had an incredible amount of businesses looking to be a part of the Jaycee Toybox this year! Thank you for your support! Please drop your unopened, new toy donations at one of the businesses listed below: (Drop Locations for Jaycee Toybox) Alliance Bank...

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Toybox and Elderly: The Breakdown
Posted Sunday, November 11, at 10:44 AM

Year after year, the Community of Cape Girardeau continues to support the tradition of the Jaycee Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly. For 38 years, individuals and businesses have pulled out all the stops to find creative ways to give to those families in Cape Girardeau who are in need at Christmas. ...

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Ready or Not... Toybox Time!
Posted Tuesday, November 6, at 5:27 PM

It seems like just yesterday I was writing the first blog for the 2011 Toybox Season and now, here we are, a year later, ready to roll out Santa's sleigh once again! In it's 38th year of tradition in the community of Cape Girardeau, the Jaycee Toybox project services families and children to help bring joy under the tree on Christmas Day. ...

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Toybox: Delivering joy, one child at a time
Tracy Haggerty
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I am a teacher, a wife, and an avid "sports mom" to two wonderful boys. A native of Cape Girardeau; I currently teach at Cape Central Junior High School. As an educator, I see first hand the needs of families in our community during the holiday season. This is my sixth year as the Coordinator for the Jaycee Toybox project. I look forward to Toybox every year and have made it a tradition in my family as a means to give back during the holidays!
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