November 20, 2014

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MoDOT to Help Grant Holiday Wishes to Southeast Families
Christmas Angels

Mike Smith, MoDOT volunteer, enlists the help of his son to choose presents for children in need. Several retirees also temporarily rejoined the MoDOT team to help cook, pack and distribute chili during the fundraising event.

Can you remember waking up early Christmas morning, rushing to the tree and then spying the special toy you had been longing for all year? For some families, making these memories is easy. But sometimes a little extra help is needed, and that’s where the Christmas Angels program comes in. Through the program, MoDOT volunteers raise money to purchase gifts for children in need within Southeast Missouri.

"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 Wednesday, Dec. 3, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. 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.

"The program has grown locally, and many businesses and organizations purchase chili for their employees," said Senior Design Technician Kathy Hixson. "Participants receive a hot lunch and help needy families at the same time."

To place an order, please email or call (573) 258-3277. Please include your name, address, phone number and requested time of delivery with your order. Orders of 6 or more in the Sikeston area can be delivered. The deadline to order is 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1.

Businesses or individuals wishing to donate to the Christmas Angels program may send or drop their donations by the Division 10 Highway Employees' Credit Union Office, located at 337 North Main Street in Sikeston, Mo. Checks can be made out to the Christmas Angels.

For more information about the Christmas Angels program, contact Wachter at (573) 472-5294 or Hixson at (573) 258-3277.

Southeast District's 20, 25 & 30-Year Service Award Recipients
Service Award Photos
Click the image above to view photos from the 20, 25 and 30-year service award luncheon.

The SE District management team along with Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger gathered at the Poplar Bluff Holiday Inn on Nov. 7, to show appreciation for the district's long-term service award recipients. The event included a catered lunch, as well as a presentation of awards from District Engineer Mark Shelton and Hassinger.

Please help us in thanking the following employees for their dedication to the Department and decades of hard work for Missouri's taxpayers.

20-Year Recipients:

Elquin Auala, Craig Compas, Bernard Cook, Gary Copeland, Charles David Coward, Richard Heckendorn, Eric Henson, Jeffrey Hillis, Larry Hurt, Jeffrey Jarrell, Norman Malkowski, Kristy Pettit, Larry Pierce, Richard Powell, Chris Rutledge, Janice Simpher, Scottie Smith, Brenda St. John, Randall Sutton, Louis Trotter, Donald Wallace, Jr., Kevin Williams.            

25-Year Recipients:

Robert DeClue, Curtis Dowden, Jeffery Downing, Donna Ferkel, William Lee Freeman, Roy Gene Gaither, Brent Halford, Tommy Hodges, Wade Lacey, Gary Riley, Charles Robinson, James Robinson, Jimmy Simpson, Kim Smith, Jimmy Trout, Jackie Dale Vermillion, Jr., Jeff Wachter.

30-Year Recipients:

Curtis Baldridge, David Blalock, April Brock, Mackie Gaddis, Keith Gentry, Reginald House.

Photos from the ceremony can be downloaded from the SE District's Flickr account at: To download photos, double click on the photo you would like to download (it will open in a full screen view). Then, click on the downward arrow in the lower right of the screen. Select the size you would like to download. When the dialog box pops up on the bottom of the screen, click the arrow beside "save." Select "save as" and then specify where you would like the photo to be saved.


For more info

Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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