December is a month filled with events to help out your fellow neighbor and give back to the community.

December is a month filled with events to help out your fellow neighbor and give back to the community.

As I write this week’s column, a special event is coming forth on Monday: The weeklong Laymen’s League here in Neosho. I have had the distinct opportunity to cover this event for nine of my 10 years here at the Neosho Daily News.

The event starts every morning at 6 a.m. with coffee and donuts until 6:30 a.m., when the services begin. This year, Bible Holiness Assembly of God Church, 614 N. High St., Neosho, is hosting the event. During the services, Christmas hymns are sung and then there is a keynote speaker, with the topic as “What Christmas Means to Me.”

So I encourage the men of the community to come to this event, for 66 years, hundreds and hundreds of people have attended each year.

Christmas means a lot to me. It means time to be with family and friends, relax, talk and remember the true meaning of the season.

There are other worthwhile events during this time of the year. For instance, this Saturday at the former Auto Tech business, 629 N. College, families who qualified for food baskets during the Newton County Food Basket Brigade will receive enough food for a traditional Christmas dinner and staples for up to two weeks. This year’s goal of the brigade was to raise 120,000 pounds of food to feed up to 1,200 Newton County families. Last year alone, the food baskets – actually several sacks of food – were distributed to more than 1,000 families, representing more than 3,000 people.

Other events include the Neosho Police Department’s Shop with a Cop on Saturday at Walmart, where children who qualified will walk around with law enforcement personnel to pick out gifts for themselves or their families.

A toy drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Neosho Lowe’s for the Newton County Fire Chiefs/Christmas for Kids. Newton County fire departments and Newton County Ambulance have joined forces for this event.

In closing, if you can give something to one of these programs or help out in any way, please do.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at