Toys, clothing sought by needy residents

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Toybox

Simple requests like Legos and wooden blocks, coloring books and new dolls have been hard to fill this year for Toybox volunteers. Donations to the program that helps needy children and families have been low -- to the point that on Tuesday only $1 remained and 200 children were without gifts. But toys can still be donated today for delivery. Nearly 25 Santas, and plenty of helpers, will cover the city tonight to deliver bags of toys to the children. Donations can be dropped off at the Southeast Missourian offices. Monetary donations also are accepted.

Christmas for the Elderly

Miss Y is 87 years old and lives with her grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family lives below the poverty level and can't afford much for Christmas. Miss Y is diabetic and needs medication. She would like sweat suits in size small, bath towels and hand towels, a small-sized blue bathrobe and house slippers in size 8 1/2. Dog food, a new collar and dog toys would be welcome gifts for the family pet.

Mr. Z would like a new jacket for Christmas in size extra large. He also needs a large cap and extra-large sized gloves. T-shirts and sweat suits in size extra large also would make good gifts for him.

Donations must be received at the Southeast Missourian offices today. Tax-deductible monetary contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0004.

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