group in need
A group of people who have come
together to make Christmas brighter for local families is finding
themselves in dire need this year.
The deadline to turn in applications from people needing help
this year was last Friday, November 20. At the end of the day,
the group was not prepared for the deluge of applications or the
extent of the real need in Ripley County.
We have 70 more applicants this year than last, noted
Bill Warren, who has been closely associated with the group since
its inception. That doesnt mean there are only 70 more people,
but 70 families above their usual.
I honestly dont know where the money will come from,
Warren said as he looked at the many applications.
The group knew this year would be tough for several reasons: job
losses, sickness, and everyday people who can barely afford to
make ends meet, let alone provide extra for Christmas presents.
I cant stand to see children not get something on
Christmas morning, Warren told The Versailles Republican.
He has always been a giving person himself, and pledged his own
salary as a county council member to the food bank at Osgood.
Warren is challenging everyone to just do something. If
each office would take one family, it would help so much,
Organizations, groups, Sunday School classes, individuals, and
more can simply contact the group by calling Warren at 689-4427
or sending a check or money order to his home at 645 North Columbia,
Osgood, 47037, marked gifts. If you are sending money,
it needs to get to Warren by December 5 in order for Santas
helpers to get their buying done.
You can simply bring toys, gifts, and food to the Ripley County
Extension Office in Osgood or Family Connections in Versailles.
Shanna Joseph, who is the head elf this year, can
be contacted at 756-0958 or 756-1399. I will be out shopping
and wrapping presents on Christmas Eve if I have to, she
told The Versailles Republican, saying she feels strongly
about the groups mission.
Warren said Every penny raised goes directly to the needy
families, there is no overhead costs. Everyone connected
to the Angels of Giving group is strictly volunteer, right down
to the gas they use to go shopping for presents.
If you can help this group this year it would be greatly appreciated.