MoDOT's Christmas Angels Program raises $6,173 for area children | Community Spirit
(KFVS) - 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 individuals, the program has grown. This year, we sold 1,495 bowls of chili and received many generous donations."
He said the $6,173 raised during this year's event will help provide Christmas wishes to 120 Southeast Missouri children. MoDOT 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."
Hixson added that current MoDOT employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event.
"This event is a great example of teamwork. Current employees and retirees work together and volunteer their time during the busy holiday season," she said. "This would not have been possible without the dedication of our MoDOT volunteers."
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 Program.
For more information about the Christmas Angels program, contact Wachter at 573-472-5294 or Hixson at 573-258-0932.
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