Now, there are 470 families, all with children in need.
"We had 1,008 [kids] last year and that was the greatest we had ever had," Killam said. "We're probably at 1,100 or 1,200 children [now]."
It's a trend being seen all around the Ozarks -- from Bolivar to Houston.
"This year there was a bunch of single parents with one child. We've got some really big families out there too."
Times are tough and more families are needing help. Unfortunately, donations are not keeping up.
"We see all kinds of things on [the wish lists], things like, 'Help me with my gas bill,' 'I need groceries,' 'I need food,'" Killam said.
Some local organizations are helping out any way they can. Churches and schools have adopted families. The Kiwanis and Laurie Elks clubs have helped out too. Some individuals have been going above and beyond as well.
"She not only bought them a stove, but a washer, a dryer, a king size mattress, presents for the kids, clothing," Killam said, citing one example.
Come Christmas Eve, Santa still might not make it to everyone's house.
In Polk County, more than 500 families have signed up to receive gift and food assistance this year. In Houston, close to 160 children in the Share your Christmas program have yet to be adopted.
It's getting down to the wire and all charities are making a last-ditch effort to try to make it a Merry Christmas for everyone in the Ozarks.
Christmas is Sharing Program -- 573-364-0003 or email email@example.com
Polk County Christian Social Ministries Share Your Christmas -- 417-326-7179 or 417-326-5338
Texas County Share Your Christmas -- 417-457-6075 or 417-967-3234