From staff reports
The list of families in Stoddard County who are in need of help this holiday season continues to grow, and so does the generosity of the local community. With today's listings, the paper has published 20 families in need this holiday season. Applications from several more families are on file, but each of those has been previously assisted through the paper's SOS program and will not be listed until all on the newly established list are adopted. If a family previously listed no longer appears, it should be assumed that family has been adopted.
Those who have an interest in adopting one of these families are asked to call The Daily Statesman at 624-4545 or come into the newspaper office at 133 S. Walnut St. in Dexter to obtain the names and further information on the family of choice.
Families 1,2,4, and 5 have been adopted.
Single mother has three children, two sons who are nine and seven and a daughter who is five. Mother lists toys and clothing items as well as household items as needs. This family has been adopted by Dexter Queen and Miss Springfield Outstanding Teen Lauren Thrower of Dexter.
Single mother has a 12-year-old son who asks for shoes, socks, video games, iPod, and clothing. Household items also are in need.
Unemployed couple has a two-year-old girl. Needs include clothing, shoes, a coat, play kitchen food and learning toys as well as household items. This family has been adopted by Ashley Cross/Williams Moving Co.
Families 8 and 9 have been adopted.
Another single father with one son, 12 years old. Clothing and X-Box 360 games requested and any football items. Also household items needed. This family has been adopted by Computer Smarts.
A mother going through a divorce has two girls, 10 and 14, who could use clothing and games. Mom works a part-time job but does not earn enough to guarantee her girls a merry Christmas. Anything, she says, would be appreciated.
A mother of three is requesting clothes and dolls for her three daughters ranging in age from one to six. Household goods are also in need. This family was adopted by Laura Hobbs.
A father of five is in need of assistance this Christmas. His children, between ages 14 and 20, are requesting clothes, a few gifts and household goods.
A single father with a three-year-old son asks for help with clothing and toys. Household items are also needed. This family has been adopted by Quick Cash of Dexter.
Single mom has two boys, three and two years old. She requests clothes and Sponge Bob and Spiderman items. Household goods such as laundry soap and cleaning supplies are also in need.
Mom works in this two-parent family. Dad is laid off from seasonal employment. They have two boys, four and three years old. They request a bike, toy cars, books, and any Thomas the Train items.
Single mother has a son, 10, and a daughter who is nine. She requests shoes and clothing, anything for a Wii, toys, and a writing tablet.
A Bloomfield couple in their 30s asks for food this holiday season. No children in household.
A single mother has two sons, 15 and 2, and is in need of clothing and food items. Bernie High School's FBLA program has adopted this family.
A single mother who works at a local restaurant has three boys ranging from 9 to a toddler. She asks for learning toys, movies, Hot Wheels, anything basketball or football related and says her boys love Mizzou items. She is also in need of diapers (size 3), wipes and bottles, and children's toothbrushes.
This family has both parents currently with no income. A boy and girl, 12 and nine, ask for clothing items and a bow and hunting items for the boy.
First Midwest Bank in Puxico has adopted this family.