Im desperate here,
Bill Warren sent out the plea for area residents, organizations
and businesses to join with him to help families in Ripley County
have a merry Christmas.
Its never been this late, he told the Osgood
Journal, talking about donations coming in to help families
in need through the Ripley County Angels of Giving program.
The application process closed last Friday with more than 1700
people being represented. The need is so great,
Shanna Joseph, volunteer coordinator for the effort, told the
Osgood Journal. Its never been this great before.
Warren has been involved in the program for a number of years
and tries to coordinate with other giving agencies so there
is no duplication. This year, they have received massive requests
and still do not have the funds to help the families.
I know times are hard right now, Warren said. But,
if everyone could just do a little something...it sure would
help. Warren has great faith and knows that God will touch
the hearts of people to help them give. He (God) might
be testing my faith this year, he laughed.
He is making a plea to those who have a little extra to help
those who have nothing. Most of the requests are for clothes,
coats, essential items, he noted. Of course, children
still would like for Santa to dig into his bag of toys for them.
Joseph told the Osgood Journal most applications requested
hygiene items and household cleaning items.
If you can help in any way, please send donations to Warren
at 528 Columbia Avenue, Osgood, 47037 or Joseph at 2910 N. Old
Michigan Road, Holton, 47023. Joseph stressed that checks must
be made out to Angels of Giving. Please do not make them
out to us individually, Joseph said. Warren can be contacted
at 689-4427. Joseph can be contacted at 812-756-0958.
Monetary donations should be received by December 7 giving Santas
helpers time to shop. Also, items should be donated no later
than December 19. The earlier the better, so we can coordinate
what we have with what we need, noted Joseph.
While Joseph said Im not going to panic until its
Christmas Eve, she added that she was greatly concerned
with the magnitude of the need this year.
The Angels of Giving is a non-profit organization making gifts
possibly tax deductible.