Counselor Corner

Sandy Simpson, BPS Counselor

Share Your Christmas: Here's How you can Help

As the holiday season is upon us make sure you take time and reflect all the good things you have in life. It is easy to get caught up in the demands of daily life and to forget to be thankful for those things that we do have. For instance, we live in a country where we currently do not have to worry about widespread medical epidemics. Sometimes we just need to step-back and see the big picture to remember to be thankful for the little things. Below you will find some different way that neighbors in Polk County are taking care of each other. You might be looking for somewhere to help a neighbor and not no where to start, you might know a neighbor that could use this information, or you might need the information for your family.

Share Your Christmas
Polk County Christian Social Ministers (PCCSM) serves as the clearing house for Christmas in Polk County to help avoid duplication of assistance and connect families who need help with groups wishing to help. Help is based on finical need and PCCSM works in coordination with OACAC and Salvation Army to qualify families. Last year 477 families (1106 people) who live in Polk county received kindness from our community through the Share Your Christmas program. This year they are expecting to reach 2000 people. Families MUST go to OACAC or Salvation Army first, then they will be directed to PCCSM. Deadline for applications is December 7

To help a child, look for Share Your Christmas Angel Trees in stores listing specific gifts needs. Gifts of canned goods and money are always needed. If your business or groups is collecting for Share Your Christmas, please let them know. You can adopt a Share Your Christmas family or let them know of a family you are helping. This avoids duplicating assistance for some families, while others may go without.
Share Your Christmas
-326-7179 or 326-2699 or 326-6497

Also-there are always families who do not qualify, do not apply by deadline or a last-minute need arises. Please check with OACAC for such families that could be adopted. OACAC also screens for energy assistance and you can donate to help offset those expense for families at the holidays and throughout the winter. OACAC 417-326-6276

Salvation Army Bell-Ringing

If you, your family, business or group want a not-cost service project, please contact the Polk County unit of the Salvation Army to help man the red buckets, ring the bells and collect donations outside Woods, Wal-Mart, and Walgreen's in Bolivar.
Call: Lanie, 417-326-2769

Polk County Foster Children

The Bean 3:16 has an angel tree to provide gifts to children in foster care from Polk County.