The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 21, 2012

Public’s help sought to fulfill wards’ wishes

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Angie Casavecchia, Jasper County public administrator, is looking for help from area residents to fulfill the holiday wishes of about 200 wards of her office.

This will be the fourth year for the effort, designed to make sure county wards who have no funds get something for Christmas. Area residents who want to help can take an ornament, representing the ward, from a Christmas tree that has been set up in the lobby of the Carthage courthouse.

“The tree has ornaments with their first names and ages, and wish list on the back. Every year we’ve done this, we’ve had every single person ‘adopted’ off the tree,” she said. Residents who make the purchases put the gifts back under the tree by Dec. 18.

She said her office also is collecting supplies of personal care items for wards, organizations that would like to get involved may contact the public administrator’s office at 358-4271.