(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 generous individuals, the program has grown. Last year, the event raised nearly $5,500-helping over 100 children."
This year's event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. The cost is $4 and will include a 16-ounce cup of chili, crackers and chips. Current MoDOT employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event. With the funds raised, volunteers purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise receive gifts.
Volunteers work with the Department of Family Services to identify needy children in the area.