This time of the year seems to magnify everything that is going on in one’s life. For those who have great things going on, the days seem brighter. But for those who are struggling, it can seem to be intensified as they try to provide for the basics of life and a few holiday items.

Many of the organizations that help those who struggle also find themselves needing a little help at this time of the year.

So this year, the Herald Democrat will again conduct its “Christmas Wish List” project to let the public know what area agencies need in order to continue providing services to the community. This opportunity to assist the many worthy charities in Texoma generally brings out the best in our readers.

The agencies are invited to send in their “wish lists” to be printed in the newspaper. They are asked to include the title “Wish List” in the subject line of emails or faxes and on the envelopes of regular mail. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15 to ensure the lists will be included in the project. Requests received after that date will be published as space and time permit.

Please include a description of the agency’s mission, activities and contact information so those things can be printed in the paper. Agencies should remember to put in the things that are needed daily and those big-ticket items that are on their “if only” lists.

In the past, agencies have received items like freezers and automobiles after putting them on their lists. Even if the list isn’t filled by the end of the holiday season, getting it out in the public eye is likely to plant a seed that might grow into a needed item later in the new year.

Individuals wishing to help, but who are financially strapped themselves, can fulfill the biggest need that most nonprofits have year round by volunteering.

Send wish lists to “Wish List” Herald Democrat, P.O. Box 1128, Sherman, TX 75091; email; or fax 903-868-2106.

Happy birthday to Lillie Lucus, Tommie Cross and Marty Herron Sr., all of Sherman; Barbara Powell of Howe; Dakota Clifton of Bells; Shirley Arrington of Gunter; Jerry Romain of Garland; Connie Shaw LeBlanc of Plano; and Barbara Scholl Stevens of Dallas.

Happy anniversary to Robert and Faye Fugett of Anna, 19 years.