Christmas Needs May Exceed Community’s Grasp


Jacoby Gillis and Kelsey Hoskins were busy hanging newly purchased ornaments sold at the basketball game over the weekend. The need for holiday help is up but contributions are down, community leaders said.

Requests for help this Christmas for underprivileged of the community may not be met for the first time, local organizers fear.
“The need is greater this year and donations are slow coming in,” said Crothersville FFA advisor Linda Maxie. The local FFA organizes a Christmas Toy & Food Drive for underprivileged families.
“We have been getting the names of more families this year in need of food and whose children may have no gifts under the tree,” said Maxie.
During the weekend ballgame students and CHS Tiger fans bought paper ornaments for a wall tree at the high school. Ornament sales are just one way individuals can contribute to the annual drive, Maxie said.
Other ways are cash donations or non-perishable food can be brought to the school. New or gently used toys are being accepted as well.
Because of how Christmas falls this year and the school’s holiday break schedule, area residents have only a week-by Dec. 14- to provide their assistance to the community cause. Food and toys are scheduled to be delivered next Saturday, Dec. 17, Maxie said.
Students and the public are encouraged to bring in canned food items to the school