With the most applications ever accepted from the Vandalia area, Help Center officials are asking those living in the area to either donate items or choose to Adopt-a-Child to keep up with this new demand.
“As of today, we have 185 kids, with 35 from the Vandalia area,” said Help Center board member and Adopt-a-Child Program Coordinator Kathy Craghead. “That’s really the most we’ve really ever had from that part of the county. We look to have help from the Vandalia people sending donations or if they would like to adopt a child.”
The Help Center is expecting to see more than 300 Audrain County children helped through the program, which is currently in its fourth decade.
Each child receives at least one new toy and one piece of clothing.
Adopting a child costs $25. Donations can also be made. Accepted items include crayons with coloring books, Hot Wheels, Christmas candy, family DVDs, playing cards, along with hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, and other hair accessories.
To assist with meeting the needs, a Christmas tree with tags for information on children is being set up at Wal-Mart in Mexico starting on November 29.
Children receive the gifts during the week before Christmas. Parents or legal guardians wishing to apply to receive gifts for their children must do so by 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 26.
Applications must be filled out at the Help Center.
The program is for children ages birth-16. Parents or legal guardians are required to provide social security numbers for every child, show proof of county residency, and must list all supplementary income, assistance received, and other information.
Area residents with questions, who want to adopt a child, or who want to make donations can call 573-581-3238.