| By Jason C. Mattox
With just 10 days left until Christmas, 92 children are still looking for someone to make it a happy holiday for them, according to Panola County Homemaker Diane Davis of the Department of Human Services.
More than two-thirds of the children needing to be adopted for this year’s program have been taken care of by local businesses, churches and civic organizations.
"We have really had a good response to our program this year," she said. "We are still needing to have some of our children adopted out, and people still have time if they want to help someone less fortunate."
Anyone wanting to help provide a Merry Christmas to these needy children has until Tuesday of next week to adopt them.
The support for the program has really picked up in the last week or so, according to Davis.
"We had an anonymous donor come in and provide toys for 50 children on our list," she said. "They brought in clothes, toys and bicycles and will make all of these children very happy."
In addition to the anonymous donor, the South Panola High School Air Force Junior ROTC brought in several bags of toys Wednesday afternoon.
"They came in with big bags of stuffed animals and stocking stuffers," Davis said. Those are items that we really needed to pull it all together."
Davis added that financial contributions have begun adding up in recent days as well.
"People that might not have the time to shop for an extra person, have been giving us financial contributions so we can go out and buy Christmas presents to help make it an even better holiday for the children," she said. "I am really proud of the support the community has offered to us this year."
Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution can make checks payable to the Batesville Exchange Club and drop them off at the DHS office.
For more information on how to adopt a child or provide donations, contact Davis at 487-2098.