While most of us are preparing for Halloween as our next holiday, some local charities are already getting ready for Christmas.
Hundreds of low-income Boone County families are signing up for free toys and meals through the Voluntary Action Center TMs Christmas program.
The sign-up process began this week and ends next Thursday.
Organizers predict more than 1,200 low-income Boone County parents will apply for free toys and Christmas meals this holiday season.
Despite a sluggish economy, Voluntary Action Center officials predict they will get enough sponsors for their Christmas program.
We still need a lot more sponsors," Voluntary Action Center Director Cindy Mustard said. "Right now, we probably have 400 already. We TMll need about another 800. I think we TMll make it. Our goal is to get everybody sponsored by thanksgiving.
If you would like to sponsor a Boone County family this Christmas or sign up for the program, you can contact Columbia TMs Voluntary Action Center at 573-874-2273.
In Jefferson City, if you would like to sign up for Christmas assistance or be a sponsor, you can contact the Jefferson City Samaritan Center at 573-634-7776 and ask for Andrea.