Sixteen families within the boundaries of the Seymour R-II School District will receive help this year from the Seymour Share Your Christmas (SYC) program, which is sponsored by the Seymour Lions Club.
“Half of the families are first-time participants in the program,” noted Bob Crump, chairman of Seymour’s SYC.
“Letters have been sent to the families, letting them know when they can pick up their food and presents, so we’re in good shape entering our final stretch.”
Crump said monetary donations to SYC have been “on target” versus past years.
“We can always use additional help,” he said, noting that the program recently added 10 residents at Seymour’s Glenwood Healthcare, a nursing home, to its gift list, as each of those residents will receive Christmas presents.
To donate to the program, send a check to the Seymour Lions Club, P.O. Box 235, Seymour, Mo. 65746. Place the words “Share Your Christmas” on the check’s memo line.
Sponsor envelopes were placed on trees at the HomePride Bank and The Seymour Bank last week.
Crump said that as of Monday, all but two of the envelopes had been picked up, meaning the families on the trees now have Christmas-gift sponsors.
“The only two envelopes that are left (as of noon Monday) are at the HomePride Bank,” he said. “They may be sponsored by the time people read this story, but if you are wanting to sponsor a family with gifts, check and see if those two envelopes are left
“If they are gone, donating to the program helps us a lot. We’re now in the process of ordering items for our food and hygiene baskets that every family in the program will receive. The costs to build those are high.”
Fresh items in the food baskets include a turkey, milk, bread, produce and potatoes.
Included in the hygiene baskets are dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning goods, hand soap and the laundry basket itself used to package them.
For those who sponsor families by pulling an envelope from the trees at the two banks, Crump said the gifts can be dropped off at the Seymour Community Library from 2 to 6 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as next Monday. The library is located on East Clinton Avenue (Business 60), next to the local school district’s administration building.
Next Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Seymour Lions Club will assemble food and gifts for all 16 of the sponsored families at the Seymour United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Business 60 and Main Street.
Then on Thursday, Dec. 16, the fresh food will be packaged for the families and combined with the previously assembled items for distribution scheduled for that afternoon.
Last week, the food drive at the Seymour Elementary School began for pre-school through fifth-grade students, with the end of the drive arriving next Tuesday. A year ago, more than 2,000 non-perishable food items were donated, all of them given to the SYC families.
Crump said the community’s outpouring to Seymour’s SYC program amazes him.
“There’s no other small town like ours,” he said. “When it comes to helping people in need, Seymour steps up every single year and gives generously.”
For more information on the program as it reaches its final week, call Crump at 417-935-4039.