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'Tis the season

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Staff photos/ Courtney Luke Barbra Bell volunteered to sell Christmas decorations during the annual Chili Day and Bazaar at the Methodist Church on November 15.
Holiday festivities have begun in Malden and will continue throughout the month of December.

Opening the Thanksgiving holiday, the Malden Ministerial Alliance hosted the annual community Thanksgiving service on November 14. A community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Saturday, November 17 and hosted by the Ministerial Alliance.

The Methodist Church brought out a good crowd during their annual Chili Day and Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, November 15.

Throughout the week of Nov. 12-19, the local Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection site at Stokelan Drive Christian Church received a record number of shoeboxes. 820 boxes were donated by members of the community and area churches and will be forwarded on to the Minneapolis Processing Center and then on to one of several countries. This year, the boxes will be sent to the countries of: Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Suriname, Togo, and Uganda. Anyone still wishing to donate a box can ship their donation to Operation Christmas Child 801 Bambo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Over 20 local volunteers helped pack the boxes to be shipped to Minneapolis.

Joe Mosley and Dan Hargrave packed donated shoeboxes filled with supplies in larger boxes to then be transported on eventually reaching needy children in foreign countries.
The Malden Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to attend "The Magic of Christmas" parade held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 in Malden. The parade will follow it's usual route through downtown Malden along Madison and Main Streets and will turn north on Douglass Street. The parade route will be extended along Douglass Street ending at the American Legion Building.

Line up will be at 10:30 a.m. at the old Bailey parking lot on West Laclede.

Prizes for floats will be: First Place: $100 and trophy; Second Place: $75 and trophy; Third Place: $50 and trophy and a Spirit Award.

Jim and Kristi DeArman who attend Semo Community Church and Sharon Homer, who attends First General Baptist and First Presbyterian, served at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Malden Ministerial Alliance.
There will be trophies for first, second and third place bands.

Beginning at 8:00 that morning, Breakfast with Santa and a Picture with Santa will be held at the Bootheel Youth Museum. The museum will be free that day.

The Malden Living Nativity will also begin sometime in December.

Angel Cards may be picked up at Powell Supply in Malden on or after Friday, November 23 during business hours between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The names on the cards are of local school children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Gifts must be returned by December 17.

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