Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2004

Sharing the holiday spirit

October 21, 2004

Because of the generosity of the De Soto community, the De Soto Multi-Service Center has been able to provide holiday assistance for the past 28 years to those in our community and school district area who do not have the resources to provide for themselves including families with children, isolated older persons and those who are disabled. Last year, 135 households with a total of 229 children were served.
It takes the caring spirit and generous donations of others for the Multi-Service Center to give to those in the community who are in need. The Multi-Service Center works cooperatively with other helping agencies such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Johnson County Christmas Bureau to ensure that our efforts are not being duplicated and our precious resources are being distributed in a manner that also reflects responsible receiving. More than 8,000 Johnson County residents received holiday assistance from helping agencies.
We serve the people who struggle year-round to provide the basics for themselves and their families, including food on the table, a roof over their heads and utilities to keep them warm. As a helping agency, we are asking for assistance to meet some of these basic needs. We are working with the City of De Soto and Water One to provide "gift certificates" to help the household with the water bill along with providing a food basket. We will be providing toys and clothing for children.
We are asking for help in the following ways: turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and/or monetary gifts toward the purchase of food items and water gift certificates. We are looking for groups or individuals who would "adopt" a family, older adult or disabled person and provide these items to brighten the holidays.
Those who would like to help the Multi-Service Center during the 2004 holiday season are asked to call 583-1152 or email
Your help and generosity are greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing in the joy of the upcoming holiday season.
Jodi Hitchcock
De Soto Multi-Service Center coordinator

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