Extension homemakers help Santa with his list

Members of Ripley County Extension Homemakers were busy last week making sure every boy and girl in the county has a good Christmas. Pictured are Marilyn Reynolds, Eva Fern Jackson, Betty Cord, Madge Orman, Beverly Prost, Esther Geisler, Helen Peck, and Reenie Horton, who were attaching cards to a Christmas tree at the Alco Store in Versailles with requests. Some children asked for shirts, coats, shoes, and toys, to name a few. Those wishing to participate in the Giving Tree program, can come into the Alco Store, pick a card, purchase the items and take them either back to the store or to the Ripley County Extension Office in Osgood by December 7. They are asking that the items not be wrapped. The ladies of the extension club will wrap them and get them distributed. The program, which is highly confidential, has been ongoing for several years and does brighten the day for many local children. President Helen Peck, center front, noted that this year there are about 122 names so far. She said the need is greater than in past years. Donations are also welcome and can be sent to the extension office at 524 E. Beech Street, Osgood, 47037. The group has received donations so far from the Versailles and Osgood Lions clubs and the F.A.R.M. club. The homemakers quietly go about spreading cheer throughout the year making quilts for kindergarten children, those in nursing homes and much more. The organization will celebrate its 80th anniversary next year.