For most of us, the holidays are a time of family celebration and happiness. For families torn apart by domestic violence or child abuse, the holidays are an ugly reminder of the pain and fear they are experiencing. To help make the holidays brighter for those troubled families, SOS is asking for your help to provides basic needs and small gifts to families during the holidays.
Families/individuals are eligible for adoption if they have worked with SOS consistently the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. Those available for adoption are from within the six counties SOS serves: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Chase.
If you are interested in adopting a family/individual this holiday season, call SOS, 620-343-8799. The deadline to adopt is Dec. 11.
The Fourth Annual Friends of the Library Gingerbread Contest is coming in December. The entry forms and contest rules will available at the Emporia Public Library and online on Oct. 13. The entry forms will be due by Monday, December 8, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. The actual contest entries are due to the library by noon on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Entries must be pre-registered to be accepted. They will be judged and will be on display in the library from Thursday, December 11-Saturday, December 13 during regular library hours.
There are five categories this year. They include Youth through age 11 (these entries must be made of anything edible and may be kits, Youth 12-17, Adult, and Group must be made of gingerbread, unwrapped candy and other edible materials and must use no support materials such as styrofoam. Any type of structure is acceptable. This year we are adding a professional category. These must be made of gingerbread and edible materials as well. Specific rules will be available with the entry forms.
Prizes will be given to each category: under 12 will get $25, 12-17 will get $50, adult will get $50, and group will get $75. There will be also prizes for the Friend’s Choice Award of $100, the People’s Choice Award of $100, and the Professional category of $100. This year the Friend’s Choice award will be judged on how well the structure follows a literary theme. Patrons who visit the library and view the gingerbread structures will get to vote for their favorites to determine the People’s Choice Award.
In connection with this contest, the Children’s Library will have a special story time on Friday , December 12,, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Make plans now to make this a part of your Christmas season!