Ms. E is 91. Her dog keeps her company most of the time since she lives alone and has no close family in the area.
Her meager Social Security check leaves little left over for anything extra. Her dog is one of the highlights in her life and having toys for her pet would make Ms. E's Christmas really meaningful. Watching him play with the toys would give her real satisfaction, knowing that her companion is getting to have some fun.
Ms. E has high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and takes daily breathing treatments. It's no secret that having pets helps people with high blood pressure, so by providing a toy or two you'd be helping Ms. E as well.
Domestic items like full-size sheets, pots and pans, blankets and all size towels including dish towels, are some of the necessities that her Social Security check doesn't cover.
Readers who would like to supply Ms. E with a gift that's a little more personal may select size 7 house shoes or a 2x duster in any color.
Cleaning supplies, tissue, paper towels are always in demand for individuals on a limited income since food often takes priority.
If you choose to help Ms. E she would be pleased to know that even though she has no family in the area, there are people out there who care.
For those interested in contributing to the Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly campaigns, new toys and gifts may be delivered to the Southeast Missourian office or area locations. Cash contributions are also welcome. All contributions are tax-deductible and may be mailed separately to Toybox Trust, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004, or Christmas for the Elderly, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004.