apply for Christmas assistance
Donations needed to help area children
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
My wish is that no kid would go without a toy on Christmas
Day, stated Bill Warren, as he looked over the many applications
on his desk with requests for help at Christmas. He has been involved
with the Toys for Tots program for children since its inception.
Warren says the need is great this year and the donations are
down. Realizing that times are tough for many people, he says,
no gift is too small...it all adds up. He remembers
the year an elderly gentleman brought in a piggy bank full of
change. It was all he had, but he wanted to be a part of the giving.
That money helped put smiles on the faces of local children, according
Those participating in the organization of the Giving Tree program
echo the words of Warren when he says the need is great and the
response is down. According to Louann Menchhofer there are still
30 names on the Giving Tree at Alco in Versailles. And,
we have at least another 30 names that came into our office after
the deadline, she noted Monday morning. Her wish is the
same as Warrens that no child is without a gift come Christmas
morning. She noted that on many of the applications they have
received, children request clothing items more than toys. People
are really in need, she noted. With that program, people
can take a name off the tree that has specific needs of children,
can even purchase the items at Alco, leave them at the store or
take their purchases to the extension office in Osgood.
You can still take a name off the tree at Alco, or call the Ripley
County Extension Office at 689-6511 to help someone in need. Monetary
donations can be made as well by sending a check or money order
to the extension office at 524 E. Beech Street, Osgood, IN 47037.
The deadline to donate to the Giving Tree program is December
9. This allows members of the Ripley County Homemakers Extension
club, sponsors of the event, to organize the gifts, buy them if
needed, wrap them, and get them ready for distribution on December
Being in the business of helping others is something Warren has
done all of his life. Hes always been involved in some type
of organization that serves others. He has been the Center Township
Trustee for 13 years, and worked with food distribution to the
needy since the early 90s. He is presently the manager
of the Reuse-Recycle Center near Osgood, where he sees people
helped on a daily basis.
Appealing to clubs, organizations, groups, churches, and individuals,
Warren knows the people of Ripley County will be generous once
again to those less fortunate. It would be great if a Sunday
school class would take this on as a project, he noted.
He said if every business would just donate $25.00, it would cover
Out of the 100 plus applications he has already received for help,
he says that could represent 250-300 children. I dont
know if well have the funds to help them all, but if we
can just help a little, he told the Osgood Journal last
Applications will be accepted no later than December 9. They may
be obtained by calling one of the following: Warren at 689-4427
or 756-2560; Cindy Starkey, 756-0512, Dale Ann Francis, 689-4110
or Annie James at 812-584-7820.
Donations may be mailed to Bill Warren, 645 North Columbia, Osgood,
IN 47037 with checks payable to Bill Warren with Toys for Tots
noted on the memo. Checks need to be received no later than December
14 so there is time to purchase all the toys. Donations may also
be given to any of the volunteers: Annie James, Betsy Asher, Karen
Shafer, Dale Ann Francis, or Cindy Starkey. A receipt will be
given to the donors.
Warren, who has himself given generously of his time, energy and
money, does so because he says, I just like to help kids.
According to both Warren and Menchhofer, they are checking with
other agencies to cross reference names of people who may have
entered multiple agencies for help. Their goal is to help everyone
a little and not give double to one family and then not have enough
Bill Warren looks over the many applications he has received
so far this year for help at Christmas time. Warren, who
helped found the Toys for Tots program, says the need is
great this year.