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The Palmyra Area Ministerial Alliance announced it is kicking off the annual Adopt-A-Child program and the public’s help “would be greatly appreciated.”
The Adopt-A-Child is a Christmas assistance program specifically designed to help out families in need in the Palmyra R-I 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 gifts and basic clothing items for their children, 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.
“As you can imagine, one of the biggest ways you can help is financially,” said Susan Schwanke, the program’s coordinator.
Monetary donations for this year’s Adopt-A-Child program are due by Dec. 1.
However, Schwanke said 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, the program will place Angel Trees around the community. The trees will be in various locations, and each tree will have tags on them that represent a child, and a particular gift for that child.
Persons may purchase the gift, wrap it with the original tag securely attached to the outside of the gift, return the gift from which it was picked up the ornament tag and Adopt-A-Child will take it from there. Gift certificates or gift cards will not be accepted.
Individuals or groups wanting to adopt a family this year, are invited to come to the Zion Lutheran Church basement Wednesday, Nov. 15, between 6 and 7 p.m.
Those unable to attend, but who would still like to adopt a family, should contact 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 (Farischon Hall) Thursday, Dec. 21.
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.”