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The Palmyra Area Ministerial Alliance is kicking off the annual Adopt-A-Child program and is seeking public support.
The Adopt-A-Child is a Christmas assistance program specifically designed to help out families in need in the Palmyra R-1 and Marion County R-II school districts.
The program is designed to help families with young children. Each year the Adopt-A-Child program serves families in need and helps make their Christmas more meaningful by providing for them gifts for children, basic clothing, toiletry items and a food gift.
Applications are now available at the Palmyra R-I and Marion County R-II schools, and Palmyra Zion Lutheran Church. The applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1 to be considered for assistance.
Monetary donations for this year’s Adopt-A-Child program are due by Dec. 3. However, donations will be accepted at any time.
To help out with a financial donation to Adopt-A-Child and the ministries of the PAMA, make checks payable to, PAMA, then mail it to: Adopt-A-Child, c/o Zion Lutheran Church, 210 South Spring St., Palmyra, Mo. 63461. All donations are tax-deductible.
In mid-November Angel Trees will appear around the community. The trees will be in various locations, and each tree will have Christmas ornament tags on them that represent a child, and the particular gift for that child.
The public can purchase the gift, wrap it with the Christmas ornament tag securely attached to the outside of the gift return the gift to the Angel Tree from which the ornament was picked up.
Participants are asked not to give gift certificates or gift cards.
Persons or organizations who want to adopt a family this year, should come to the Zion Lutheran Church basement Wednesday, Nov.17, between 6 and 8 p.m.
Those unable to attend, but still wanting to adopt a family, should contact Susan Schwanke at 573-795-6055 or Zion Lutheran Church at 573-769-2739.
The gift distribution will take place at the St Joseph Catholic Church’s Farischon Hall Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Last year the program assisted 43 families.
“PAMA would like to thank you in advance for all that you do and for all that you have done in the past to help support this ministry and all the ministries of the PAMA,” Schwanke said. “We are looking forward to working with you again this year to help bring Jesus to families in need in our communities.”