Chili Event Scheduled Dec. 4, Chili Order Deadline Dec. 2
SIKESTON-For over 25 years, Missouri Department of Transportation employees have helped grant Christmas wishes to Southeast Missouri families through the Christmas Angels program.
"The program began decades ago with a crock pot of chili and the desire to help at least one child," said Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter. "With the help of area businesses, organizations and generous individuals, the program has grown. Last year, the event raised nearly $5,500-helping over 100 children."
This year's event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. The cost is $4 and will include a 16-ounce cup of chili, crackers and chips. Current MoDOT employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event. With the funds raised, volunteers purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise receive gifts.
Volunteers work with the Department of Family Services to identify needy children in the area.
"The program has grown locally and many businesses and organizations purchase chili for their employees," said Senior Design Technician Kathy Hixson. "Participants receive a hot lunch and help needy families at the same time."
To place an order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 258-3277. Please include your name, address, phone number and requested time of delivery with your order. Orders of 6 or more in the Sikeston area can be delivered. The deadline to order is 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2.
Businesses or individuals wishing to donate to the Christmas Angels program may send or drop their donations by the Division 10 Highway Employees' Credit Union Office, located at 337 North Main Street in Sikeston, Mo. Checks can be made out to the Christmas Angels.
For more information about the Christmas Angels program, contact Wachter at (573) 472-5294 or Hixson at (573) 258-3277.