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October 25, 2012

Sign-up Starts Next Week for Santa's Helpers Program



The Scotland County Santa's Helpers Adopt-A-Child Program is gearing up for the year.

Adopt-a-Child Signup

November 1st -19th will be the sign up time, for parents to sign their children up for the program. Signup sheets are located at Memphis City Hall, Shopko in Memphis and the Scotland County Sheriff's office.

Santa's Helpers was established to help parents during a tough time, and in hopes to have a gift or two under the tree, come Christmas morning for those children living in Scotland County. The heart of this program is to help families in a time of need, so they can get back on their feet.

Please remember, this program is not to replace what a family can do, it is to help with what they can't do. It's not something to take advantage of, because there are families that truly need the help.

Santa's Helpers is available to children ages newborn to 17 years of age. Parents and children must both live in Scotland County. Special circumstances will be considered for those over 17 years old. Please contact Michele prior to signing up children over 17 years. old by calling 660-216-6226 and leave your name, number and a brief message.

Signup sheets must contain the parents name(s) and MUST have a good working phone number, before the child will be set up in the system.

Parents will be responsible for picking the gifts up on Monday, December 17th from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Memphis Fire Station. If the parent (the one listed on the signup sheet) is unable to pick up the gifts, they can have another individual pick up the gifts. But, the parent must be the one to notify Michele prior to December 17th, 2012, as to who is picking up the gifts, or they will not be released. Any gifts not picked up by 6:30 p.m., will be donated to another program.

Wish Lists

The "wish lists" will be placed on the "Adopt a Child" tree at ShopKo in Memphis. Individuals can take one or more "wish lists" and purchase items on those lists.

Once you have chosen your "wish lists" you must fill out the bottom portion of the card completely and place it in the container located under the tree. The rest of the card needs to be attached to your purchase. Gifts can be returned to Shopko in Memphis or dropped off during business hours at City Hall. GIFTS ARE NOT TO BE WRAPPED & they must be returned no later than Tuesday, December 11th.

Monetary Donations

We don't want to take a chance that a family needs to add their child (ren) at the last minute because of a family emergency or that there are names left on the tree. Santa's Helpers is here to lend a helping hand with your help and support. We don't want any child to go without; therefore, monetary donations can be left at Bank of Kirksville in Memphis and it will be deposited directly into the Santa's Helpers account.

The "Adopt a Child" volunteers will finish any last minute shopping that is needed in the last few days prior to the parent's pick up night. The shopping is only made possible with the continued support of people like you. Whether you select "wish lists" from the tree or give a monetary donation, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We thank everyone for their past support and hope we can continue to count on you again this year. Santa's Helpers would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For more information contact Michele Drummond at 660-216-6226 and leave a message.


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