Santa comes in 12 days, but there are still 152 children who need a little help from Moffat County residents to make it a merry Christmas.
People passing the Christmas for Kids tree at Kmart might mistake it for a typical holiday decoration. But it's not. On the tree's paper ornaments are the Christmas wishes of local needy children.
The Christmas for Kids program has received 263 requests for presents so far this season, but only has enough gifts and donations for 111 children.
Karen and Eileen Worth of Craig peruse the Christmas for Kids tree. Karen randomly picks an ornament, which contains a child's request for Pokemon toys. Eileen searches the tree, specifically looking for a younger child's request.
The mother and daughter have been donating to the program for about 20 years. "It's kind of a tradition now," Karen said.
Over the years they have donated games, dolls, toy cars and Barbies.
They are motivated by the giving spirit of the holidays. "Our kids get what they want, and other kids should as well," Karen said.
Last year Christmas for Kids helped put presents under the tree for 385 children. Georgina McAnally, the chairperson for Christmas for Kids, hopes the decrease in applications means more families are fairing better financially this holiday season, but is calling on residents to help make the remaining wishes come true.
"There are never enough toys to fill our requests, so every donation counts, either money or toy wise," McAnally said.
The gifts are coming in at about the same rate as last year, but the number of cash donations are down, she said.
The last day to turn in applications for presents was Dec. 8, but families can still fill out emergency applications at the Moffat County United Way office at 439 Breeze St. Anyone who knows a family that needs help this Christmas, but hasn't applied for the program, can contact Corrie Scott at the United Way.
"We don't want to miss anyone and have them fall through the cracks," McAnally said.
Contributors can also adopt a family for Christmas. The United Way has a list of families needing everything from Christmas dinner to a tree to presents.
Christmas for Kids will continue taking donations through Christmas Eve.