The Pettis County Community Santa is gearing up to bring families in Pettis County joy this holiday season. The group's focus is helping parents make their kids Christmas wishes come true. The process starts with families filling out applications to ensure that those families who need help get it.

That application process is starting now. Community Santa will be accepting applications Monday - Friday at elf headquarters on the West side of State Fair Shopping Center between 10:00AM - 2:00PM CST. The application window is open from Monday November 4 through Friday December 6. (The office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 27, 28, 29.)

Applicants need to bring the following: Social Security cards for each child in the household. Proof of income. Proof of Pettis County residency. And amount of all aid received. Through this application process Community Santa will also find out what gifts the child has on his or her wish list.

Community Santa recipients will receive two gifts off their wish list, a new book, a family game and stuffed animal. The gifts will be black bagged and given to the child's parents who will then be able to wrap the gifts.

For more information call (660) 473-2408 or click here.