This year, the Community Services League needs your help to raise even more support for those who would otherwise go without. In January, CSL established an office in Hawthorne Place Apartments in Independence, and as a result they expect to serve another 500 families this year. They are asking you to help them meet the needs of our neighbors by adopting a a family this Christmas?

A gift of any amount will go a long way to brighten the lives of those CSL serves this Christmas. All donated toys, gifts, or food items can be brought to any of the CSL's seven full-service locations: Blue Springs: 200 S.W. 10th St. (9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday,Wednesday, Friday); Independence: Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St. (9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday), Fairmount Christian Church, 800 S. Hardy Ave. (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday), 404 N. Noland Road (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday); Buckner/Sibley: Community of Christ, 1001 S. Sibley St. (8 a.m.-noon Wednesday); Grain Valley: First Baptist Church, 207 W. Walnut St. (9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday); Oak Grove: 1408 S.E. Austin St. (8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday). Items need to be dropped off by Dec. 8.

For gift ideas and for more information, call 816-491-2011.