Charity projects need help during the Christmas holiday
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Several local organizations are working to make Christmas better for local children, but they need community help.

Gifts are given anonymously, so the names of the donors and the recipients are not known to the other.

Angel Tree

Metropolis Drugs I and Guardian Family Services once again are sponsoring an angel tree. The 18th annual tree is located at Metropolis Drugs I, 1001 E. Fifth St.

Seventy-five angels have been or will be placed on the tree by the end of the Christmas season.

According to Rita Gower, director of Guardian Family Services, children's names are still being accepted if assistance is needed; however, they will be placed on a waiting list.

Gifts for the children need to be back at Metropolis Drugs by Tuesday, Dec. 18 and need to be wrapped.

Also, Guardian Family Services will be accepting gifts from the community for the women who are in the shelter during Christmas. Items such as makeup, fingernail polish, socks, gloves and scarves and sweatshirts are always appreciated, though residents can call the shelter to see if any particular need is urgent.

"We will also accept cash donations, to be used for emergency needs," added Gower.

Gower reminds residents that clients at the center always appreciate baked goodies and fruit, especially during the Christmas season, and used cell phones are needed throughout the year.

“For those individuals who are hard to buy for, we are giving the public an opportunity to make a donation to the center in honor or in memory,” said Gower. “When a donation is made, we will send their loved one or family a card in recognition of the donation.”

For more information, contact the center at 524-4357.

Toys for Kids Toy Drive

Christmas 2012

Metropolis' Amvets Post 132 is hosting its annual Toys for Kids Toy Drive Christmas 2012 now through Thursday, Dec. 20.

"Individuals will again be asked to fill out a form and show some type of identification for each child receiving toys, such as a Social Security Card, birth certificate or WIC coupon," explained Betty Jo Short, Amvets spokesperson.

The child must be 12 years old and under, and only the parents or legal guardian can pick out toys for each child.

All toys will stay within the county and will be distributed at the Metropolis Girl Scout House, across from Fort Massac State Park, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. The toy drive will close once the toys run out.

"Amvets or the City of Metropolis will not be responsible for accidents during the distribution," stated Short.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at several locations throughout the area, including: the Metropolis Planet; WMOK; Movies and More; Village Groomers; Creations The Florist; NAPA; China House Buffet; Banterra, MidCountry and City National banks; Lange Chiropractic; Family Dollar Store; city hall; BJo’s Hair Care; Princess Consignment; Rent One; Massac County Extension Office; or on the porch of Metropolis Amvets Post Commander Ray Vaughn, 1105 Pearl St.

"We are also stating that monetary donations would be greatly appreciated this year from area businesses, churches and organizations," added Short. "With the economy the way it is, we need everyone's help this year for our annual toy drive. I'm afraid this year more families will need help."

Parents and guardians are reminded not to bring their children to the toy distribution.

For information, call Short at 618-638-8207.

Karing for Kids

Local Huck's convenience stores are currently participating in the Karing for Kids project.Huck's store associates in the five-state area are raising money to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children and are asking for community participation.

For a $1 donation, customers receive a personalized paper Christmas tree displayed at the store.Stores will spend 100 percent of all dollars raised on children in their community.

These special children will be able to spend $150, and the stores will sponsor as many children as their total dollars allow.

Employees and friends of Metropolis Hucks will host a roadblock on Saturday, Dec. 15 at two locations in Metropolis: 12th Street and North Avenue and 12th and Metropolis streets, with all proceeds to be used for the Karing for Kids project.

For local information, contact the Metropolis store at 524-4011.

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