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SMMHC seeks a few ‘elves’ to help spread Christmas cheer

FARMINGTON – The Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center’s Operation Hand-In-Hand is already asking for donations for the Christmas season.

&#8221Your contribution, added to those of our other supporters, will help us provide a joyful Christmas for over 170 people who are hospitalized during the 2005 holiday season,“ said Susan Lindsey Schultz, director of rehabilitation services. &#8221The community support for Operation Hand-In-Hand (formerly Operation Christmas) has allowed us to provide happy holiday memories for over 36 years.“

She said they once again need help to provide some of this spirit. If your organization would like to help them with parties, performances or another form of entertainment, she said they would truly appreciate your time and talents.

&#8221We would like to thank all the generous businesses, organizations and individuals who have already contributed with donated items and money,“ she said.

She said as in past years, they need unwrapped gifts for men and women, 18 years of age and older. Many of the Christmas supporters prefer to send a check for staff to purchase gifts, which really helps; others prefer to donate actual items. Either way is fine, she said.

&#8221We combine purchased and donated items to make up individual gifts,“ she said.

For more information call 218-6730 or 218-6729 or for hearing impaired, 218-7018.

Gift suggestions include slippers, flannel shirts, sweatshirts, T-shirts, winter caps, gloves, socks, stationery, and craft supplies for decorating. The items should not be wrapped. If donations can be received by November 23 it would help Santa in his preparation.

&#8221If you prefer sending money, please make check payable to Operation Hand-In-Hand and send to Operation Hand-In-Hand, Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center, 1010 West Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640,“ she said.

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