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list is long and the need is great, but Shanna Joseph and her
helpers are confident the people of Ripley County will come through.
Once again, an all volunteer group, Angels of Giving, has begun
their drive to help those less fortunate have a merry Christmas.
Joseph noted that already she has 65 applications that represent
more than 300 people in need.
The group, associated with Bill Warren and his Toys for Tots project
in the past, just want to make sure that no one goes without
They are asking for donations from businesses, organizations,
groups, or individuals with no amount or effort being too small.
We truly appreciate everything that is donated, Joseph
told the Osgood Journal. She was a little anxious as they have
not received any cash donations or toy donations so far this year.
But, its early, and Im sure the good people
of this county will come through, she said with confidence.
To donate, you can send a check or money order to Bill Warren,
645 North Columbia, Osgood, IN 47037, marked gifts.
Money needs to be received by December 5 to allow Santas
helpers time to shop. Also, donations of toys and food may be
left at the Ripley County Extension Office in Osgood, or Family
Connections, Versailles. You can also contact Joseph at 756-0958
or 756-1399 to find out more about adopting a family.
If you are in need this Christmas, you can pick up an application
form at either of the above agencies. The deadline to have those
turned in is November 20.
Several independent groups have come together in the county to
form the Angels of Giving group. They all work collectively to
make sure there arent duplications in applications and to
ensure that anyone who has a need gets help.
Joseph stressed that the giving includes families of all categories
including elderly people who are living on a fixed income. A ham
dinner was a request one year that made Joseph stop and think.
A special dinner at Christmas is something many of us take
for granted, she noted.
The group is working toward helping anyone who might need a little
boost at the holiday season. With unemployment climbing and the
economy declining, Joseph knows the group has their work cut out
for them this year. Any donation would help, she concluded.