Fishing family would like tackle; veteran needs help with bills

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fishing is at the top of the favorite activities list of this family with five children. The four oldest children, ages 4, 5, 7 and 8, have asked Santa for a fishing pole and a fishing tackle box. The youngest, age 2, can't handle a pole yet but, being a boy, he'd love some toys and a small bike to ride. The 8-year-old girl would love Hannah Montana music CDs and roller skates. The three boys would like to play together with remote control cars.

Help Toybox this year and give joy to these children by bringing new toys to any of the Toybox locations, including the Southeast Missourian at 301 Broadway. Or make monetary donations to Toybox, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702. Most-requested items include learning toys, Barbie dolls, Transformers, board games and Hannah Montana, Dora the Explorer and Spider-Man items.

Mr. C is a veteran with severe health issues. He makes little from his VA pension and, because of recent hospitalizations, he got behind on his water and electric bills. He has now gone for four months without either. Next to helping pay these two bills, food is his greatest need. He could also use a winter coat, size large, blue jeans size 31-34 and shoes or boots, size 8 1/2. He could also use some dry dog food for his constant companion, his large dog, "Fluffy." He would truly appreciate any help with paying his monthly water bill to keep running water in his home.

You can help Mr. C. and other needy elderly people in our area by buying these needed items, including grocery gift cards and personal grooming and cleaning supplies and delivering them to the Southeast Missourian, 301 Broadway. Monetary donations can also be sent to Christmas For the Elderly, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702. All elderly served are living independently on limited incomes with few, if any, family members. They would greatly appreciate your sharing spirit.

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