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Group needs help spreading holiday cheer

FARMINGTON – This year, staff and volunteers at the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington will attempt to spread holiday cheer to over 170 patients there over the holidays.

Susan Lindsey-Schultz, director of Rehabilitation Services, said they hope to raise more than $2,500 to purchase needed gifts for individuals hospitalized there who don’t have family members around.

So far, though, they have only raised $325.

Lindsey-Schultz said they appreciate the community’s support for the program over the past 36 years.

&#8220Because of community support for Operation Hand-In-Hand (formerly Operation Christmas), you have allowed us to provide happy holiday memories,” she said. &#8220This year we are in even more need for your generous help.”

Donations will be used to purchase slippers, flannel shirts, sweatshirts, winter caps, gloves, and socks.

She said any donation, no matter the size or form, is welcome. For more information, call (573) 218-6730 or 218-6729.

&#8220We realize there are many organizations needing assistance this Christmas but please find it in your hearts to also help these folks who are hospitalized and in need of winter clothing,” she said.

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