Cash is needed to provide elderly, disabled and large families gift certificates for Christmas meals.
The Community Santa Campaign has fallen short on monetary donations used to buy the grocery certificates.
“We’re doing good on toys ... but we need cash donations in order to get food certificates for our elderly and disabled,” said Carol McMillin, chairwoman of the campaign.
The food certificates are the only item provided to elderly and disabled applicants, who aren’t adopted by groups or individuals. McMillin also would like to be able to give larger families additional food certificates. As it stands, all families would receive a $20 voucher.
“That will feed a family of three, but it won’t go far for a family of seven,” she said.
The gift certificates can only be used for food in the grocery store.
In order to “do what ought to be done,” the campaign needs $5,000, but “every little bit would help,” McMillin said.
The campaign continues to collect toys and is in great need of new or gently used, working bicycles.
The campaign has its large distribution for families today and Saturday. However, additional food certificates or bicycles donated later will be available for pickup after the initial distribution.
Others will receive assistance from the campaign even though they signed up after the application period. Many of those applicants have lost their jobs or “they’ve had some tragedy strike that they weren’t counting on,” McMillin said.
“We’ve made a commitment we would find toys for those children,” but no promises were made regarding the food certificates, she said.
Campaign volunteers also will fill the Christmas requests of children spending the holiday at the Citizens Against Spousal Abuse (CASA) shelter.
Monetary donations will be accepted up until Christmas Day. Donations can be dropped off at the campaign’s Santa House in the State Fair Shopping Center, but McMillin recommends calling 473-2408 first, as volunteers will not be staffed for regular hours following the distribution on Saturday. Or, donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 43, Sedalia, MO 65301.