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Clothes high on these kids' wish lists

Editor's Note: As the holidays approach, several local organizations seek gifts, clothing and other items for needy children and families through the Citrus County Family Resource Center, which helped more than 1,300 people last year. lf you would like to help these children or others, call 344-1001.

Tasha, code number 8966, is a very smart young lady who loves to read mystery books. An artistic child, she likes to do crafts, especially making light catchers for the windows.

She is almost 11. Her ears are pierced. She does not have a watch or a tape or CD player. Tasha likes blue. She wears a children's extra large or women's small in shirts, a girl's size 16 pants and a size 7{ shoe.

Some other gifts that might be good choices are a hand held electronic game or some art supplies. Tasha's greatest need is new shoes, and her special wish is for warm clothes for the winter.

Anthony, code number 8971, is a cute little boy who is very energetic. He will be 2 in December and he likes the primary colors. Anthony likes to play with blocks, pull toys and toys he can ride on. Any of these would be a good gift choice.

He wears a size 18-month in pants an shirts and a child's size 4 shoe. He is an avid fan of Mickey Mouse and the Muppets. His greatest need is his own toddler bed. There is not much room in his bedroom and right now he has to share a bed with his older brother.

So far this year, several requests have been made for beds and sheets, especially toddler beds, which use crib sheets. If you have a toddler bed that your child has outgrown and needs a coat of paint, it would be welcome.

Many of the children are also asking for warm clothes this year. If you can't sponsor a child for Christmas, maybe you could help CCFRC add extra warm clothes to their gift pack by purchasing a package of underwear, socks or other clothing. Many of these children seldom receive new clothes, so something new helps raise their self-esteem.

The CCFRC holiday shop is on E Thomas Street near Accent Carpet. There is a sign at the corner of Fall Way and State Road 44.

Donations of cash, new unwrapped toys or clothing and gift certificates for food from area stores are always welcome.

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