The Waterloo Optimist Club will sponsor its annual Gift Drive to benefit Waterloo families this Christmas. New items can be dropped off at City Hall or the Republic-Times office now through December 6th. The primary age group of these children is ages 5 - 18. Suggested items for donation include: lotions and soaps, hair accessories, nail polish, cologne and perfume sets, socks, hats, gloves, and board games for children ages 10 and older. Toys are appreciated as well for these age ranges. For more information, call House of Neighborly Service at 618-939-8680. Once collected, the Students Helping Out Waterloo (SHOW) group will be wrapping the items for distribution.