Mom and dad are still hoping the kids have a good Christmas despite the health issues


Story # 31

Health issues have caused a variety of problems for a family with four children. Mom and dad both suffered from COVID-19 earlier in the year and lost several days at work. Mom’s back problems gradually worsened, and the pain forced her to quit a job that required heavy lifting. She was a student at the Excel Center where the counselor praised Mom for her excellent grades and her ability to motivate other students in her class. Unfortunately, illness forced her not to register for fall classes. She hopes to be able to resume her studies in January. The family are animal-loving and have looked after a number of rescued cats and dogs. Mom hopes one day to combine her education and her passion for animals to become a veterinary assistant.

There are three boys in the family: aged 16, 11 and 7. For the teenager, a wireless controller for the Xbox, LED lights for their bedroom, and a gift card for any fast food restaurant are on their wish list. Younger boys are especially interested in science and would like remote control robots or a circuit building kit. Other possible gifts are legos, board games, craft kits, or art supplies. The oldest in the family, a girl, has just graduated from high school and works in a grocery store. Gifts for older teens, such as gifts for adults, are optional. But parents probably don’t want their daughter left out of the Christmas excitement. Maybe a donor would like to buy him a gift. She is an avid reader so books would be appreciated. Sheets are the household item this family needs the most.

Story # 32

“It has been a difficult year and I have fallen behind. I’m trying to dig us up. Grandpa then explained that he was finding it increasingly difficult to stretch his Social Security and disability income to cover increases in utilities, groceries and fuel. He suffers from arthritis, heart problems and is due to have back surgery soon. Dealing with all of these issues left Grandpa with little money or energy to consider Christmas gifts for his granddaughter. The 6 year old girl has lived with grandfather all her life. Grandmother passed away several years ago and Grandpa is doing his best to raise a little girl.

When Share Your Christmas told him about a shopping list for his granddaughter, he knew exactly what size clothes she would need. He’s used to buying things for her, but there wasn’t any extra money for the toys, so Grandpa didn’t know what to suggest. We know this little first grader loves art, the movie “Frozen” and putting together puzzles. A donor could get creative with her purchases and make it a very special Christmas for her. This practical grandpa would likely appreciate receiving such items as laundry detergent, toilet paper, toiletries, and maybe a gift card for groceries or gasoline.

See links to all Share Your Christmas stories here:Share your Christmas with a Springfield family in need. Here’s how to donate

Story # 33

Although this woman has already turned 90, she does not want clothes in “the colors of the old lady”. She asked for a red or pink shirt and sweater. Apparently, the colors of a new nightgown and pajamas are not as important to her as she indicated “any color” on the application form. Living in the city is a new experience for her. She grew up on a farm, married a farmer, and was used to working hard. When she was little, her mother taught her to cook and she liked to keep busy in the kitchen. His current interests include crafting, solving word search puzzles, and telling jokes to fellow residents at the care center.

Story # 34

The southern states hold a special place in the memory of this older woman. She was born in Georgia, had a happy family vacation on the beaches of South Carolina, and enjoys keeping in touch with extended family members and school friends still living down South. Before retiring, she worked as a financial officer in a medical clinic and enjoyed spending her free time gardening and shopping. Her clothing needs include a tracksuit, elasticated waist pants and a sweater. She often finds her bedroom too warm at night and requested short-sleeved pajamas and a nightgown. Instant coffee, dark chocolate, and chewy fruit are the special treats listed on her Share Your Christmas app.

About Share your Christmas, how to donate

Share Your Christmas is News-Leader and Crosslines’ annual campaign to give readers the opportunity to share their holiday spirit with others. This year, around 30 families and over 80 nursing home residents will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to Share Your Christmas donors.

Families and residents of health centers can be adopted by a single donor or by a group working together to help one of the larger families. Donors can adopt a whole family, a family member, make a single gift, or donate any amount of money. Every dollar helps. Readers who wish to donate can call Share Your Christmas at 417-866-8008. Callers should refer to the number of the story they wish to help, and they will be given specific information such as clothing sizes.

Gifts should be delivered to the east side of the Crosslines building at 615 N. Glenstone Ave. The hours for delivering gifts are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 11. The last day for the delivery of gifts is December 14. If you are unable to deliver donations at these times, call 417-866-8008 or email [email protected]

To donate cash, send a check payable to Crosslines, Share Your Christmas and the story number, if applicable, in the memo line. If the needs of this family or nursing home resident have been met and you are willing to assist others in Crosslines vacation programs, please write “or as needed” in the memo line. Donations can be made at or sent to Share Your Christmas, 615 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield MO 65802. Monetary donations are welcome any time of the year.


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