SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's a special time of year. Many children get excited about what might be under the tree come Christmas day. But for some parents, like Casey Doubledee, it's a struggle making ends meet.
CENTERTON, Ark.. -- On December 15, Vicki Morrow and her family lost everything they had when her home went up in flames.
(CNN) -- Santa wasn't the only one racing against the clock to get packages to homes last night. UPS was too.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Salvation Army is reaching out to those who are in need of both food and friends on Christmas day.
CNN -- t’s Christmas. And whether you celebrate it or not, we’re sure you can get behind the spirit of the holiday – it’s about hope, about love, about believing in the impossible.
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI -- Looking for a break from cooking on Christmas? Check out this list for local restaurants that will be open for the holiday.
UNITED STATES -- Santa has gotten the all-clear for entry into the U.S.
CARTHAGE, Mo.--- Christmas is this Wednesday and area grade school students are giving their opinions on what is hot.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The KOLR10 Daybreak team would like to say happy holidays. Check out the video we made!
HANSON, Ky. -- It was a Christmas surprise to remember.
CNN -- Heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans. So this holiday season, why not give a loved one a gift to help them to protect their heart?
(CNN) -- Eight-year-old Laney Brown will never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shoppers in Springfield are wrapping up their Christmas gift lists, and major retailers are giving them extra time to do it.
Wentzville, Mo.—Fire fighters from the Wentzville fire department handed out 426 coats to struggling families that have children in need of a warm winter coat Dec. 21.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Crosslines of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks is handing out Christmas food baskets and toys Dec. 21 to around 4,500 families in need.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Children at the CoxHealth Pediatric Unit were in for a very special surprise today. It was all part of the 7th annual “Jay Sanpietro Jr. Toy Drive”. The toy drive is in remembrance of Corporal John A. Sanpietro Jr. who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Victory Mission is helping to make the holidays brighter for Springfield’s homeless.
CBSNews -- It was only a few years ago that big retailers raised eyebrows by keeping their doors open during Thanksgiving. Now some are planning not to close at all this holiday season.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Five-time platinum recording artist Collin Raye visited KOLR10 on Friday.
The holidays are upon us - a time to celebrate the season with gift giving and holiday fare. But with this comes an unexpected health risk.
Secret Service investigating theft of payment card information at hundreds of Target stores around country
NOEL, Mo.--- An annual Christmas card tradition is continuing in a small Southwest Missouri town. People from around the world send their Christmas cards to the Noel, Missouri post office.
JOPLIN, Mo.--- For a group of Joplin collectors, it's Christmas all year round. The Joplin Ornament Club has been meeting for 21 years.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Here's a chance to pay it forward. The Salvation Army is asking for lots of volunteers to help organize and man it's Christmas Toy Shop, starting today.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Today is the final day for the special Bucket Blitz - an all out effort to help the Salvation Army meet its Tree of Lights Campaign goal in the Ozarks. Dr. Robert Spence talks about the local needs your donation will help.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- E-mail systems are being flooded by internet merchants offering last-week specials for last-week Christmas shoppers. The state Division of Finance urges those shoppers to be careful.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Many people took a detour out of their day Monday to offer up donations to help the Salvation Army meet its Tree of Lights campaign. The 3-day Bucket Blitz continues today in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
A Raleigh, North Carolina television news anchor and his family up the ante on Christmas cards. They made a video dressed in Christmas jammies.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Christmas is next Wednesday. That means time is running out for you to ship your holiday gifts. Folks at FedEx are expecting a huge surge in shipping today.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With just over a week away until the Salvation Army kettles are swept up across the city, officers are asking for your help! KOLR10's Brett Martin explains how the recent winter storms have taken a toll on the Salvation Army's wallet.
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Citizens Memorial Hospice is holding a tree lighting ceremony tonight. It's part of the lights of annual Remembrance Service.
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield presents the 10th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony, featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Urban Districts Alliance announced the parade route for the 2013 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade presented by Systematic Savings Bank.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Christmas may be two weeks away but don't tell that to students at three schools in Greene County.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Clark Griswald may have some competition when it comes to Christmas light decorations.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The holidays are upon us, and let's face it -your kid... and your big kid - want the newest game console. But which is better? Sony's Playstation 4 or Microsoft's XBox One?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Winter weather like we're seeing can wreck our roads and take a toll on our pipes, pets and plants but apparently snow is good for Christmas trees waiting to be sold.
BRANSON, Mo. -- The Adoration Scene will be lit tonight, December 9 at 5:30 p.m., after requests for the scene on Mt. Branson to be lit for the Christmas season for residents and tourists alike to enjoy.
CBSNews -- There's never a good time to lose your phone – or have it stolen. But amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the odds of something happening to your phone increase substantially. Have you taken the appropriate steps to ensure that you can recover your smartphone if it’s lost or stolen?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Monday, December 9th is the last day to submit an application for Christmas assistance to the Crosslines Holiday Center.
(CBS News) -- The number of holiday injuries has increased for the fourth year in a row, according to a new government report. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said there was about 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating between Nov. and Dec. 2012.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The harsh driving conditions over the weekend will cause the Toys for Tots motorcycle ride to be cancelled for what the organization says is the first time in 34 years.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Drury University will present its annual Christmas Vespers service Sunday, December 8th. There will be two services this year, one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Marine Corps is collecting toys for it's Toys For Tots program again this Christmas and today, Marines get the chance to have a lot of fun - shopping for local kids.
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Secret Santa has hit the red kettles yet again this year in Joplin.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, it's time to give back.
There's a new crop of tablets, from the iPad Air to the latest Kindle. But don't just consider price and size. Finding the right one will depend on how you or the person you're giving it to plans to use it. Check out which ones are best for play, productivity and parents with young children with thie CNET holiday gift guide.
Shoppers who didn't finish their shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday still have other opportunities ahead to find some deals in stores and online.
Toys are getting more high-tech, even Barbie. In this CNET holiday gift guide, we'll show you toys controlled by the wave of hand, pajamas that tell bedtime stories and a mirror that does the face painting for you.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Salvation Army starts taking applications for Christmas assistance starting today, Monday, December 2. Residents of Greene and Christian counties are eligible for the help.
(CNN) -- How eager are retailers to boost sales this holiday season? It's no longer enough for them to offer one special day of discounts to online shoppers -- they're stretching the deals out over an entire week.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Little shoppers can pick out all the gifts they plan to give at the Library’s annual Holiday Store. The Holiday Store will be up and running at three locations this season including Library Center, Library Station, and the Brentwood Branch.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thanksgiving has come and gone and some Springfield area residents are ready to put up a Christmas tree.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some shoppers hit big box stores on Thanksgiving or camped out for sales outside chain stores early this morning, but downtown Springfield emphasized its own unique offerings to lure shoppers.
The Missouri Public Interest Group has sent investigators to stores in the state to see what toys are available for sale that aren't safe for children.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the sun went down on Thanksgiving, Kansas City put on it's annual glittering welcome to Christmas.
It's the one gift that most Americans plan to buy this holiday season. But beware the fine print on gift cards
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol will being accepting toy donations through Dec. 20 for the seventh annual “Corporal John A. "Jay" Sampietro Toy Drive,” to honor a trooper killed in the line of duty in 2008.
This year, the Monday after Thanksgiving, better known as "Cyber Monday" is expected to be the most popular shopping day of the year, beating out the traditional Black Friday.
The holiday season is make-or-break for the toy industry. And tracking down the hottest items can make-or-break the holiday for anxious parents and eager children.
CBSNews -- As you are purchasing gifts for young loved ones this Christmas, be mindful of potentially dangerous toys that may harm their health.
HOUSTON, Mo. – With the holiday season coming closer, family gathering and huge holiday meals are being planned and prepared. For most people, the holidays offer the opportunity to over indulge. Cammie Younger, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension offers up some tips and tricks to keep in mind during the holiday season.
Christmas is one month away. And, as any parent can tell you, there are way too many choices out there when it comes to what to get your kids. We are here to help. We're joined now by the toy guy - Chris Byrne from timetoplaymag.com.
Retailers are trying hard to compete for your money this week. Several stores are launching their Black Friday sales early.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Isabel's House will host their sixth Isabel's Tree this holiday season. The fundraiser kicks off tonight.
DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. -- It's almost Thanksgiving and that means the Christmas season isn't too far away. Some Dallas County residents are heading out to lend a helping hand and gather toys for tots.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Christmas tradition continues tonight in Springfield with the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jordan Valley Park.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield’s Center City will host a flurry of activities for the 2013 Festival of Lights season. It all kicks off tonight, Saturday, Nov. 23rd with an evening full of events.
OZARK, Mo. -- People from Ozark and beyond will pack the streets tonight for the 49th Annual Ozark Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. this evening.
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The holidays for many families are memorable times of the year, but for those related to someone with Alzheimer's, it can be a struggle. This is a challenge because some memories that you or other families members relate to the most, may not exist anymore to the patient.
OZARK, Mo. -- The city of Ozark held the mayor's tree lighting ceremony Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- KOLR10 and KOZL are helping Ozarks Food Harvest and Toys For Tots this holiday season, by being a collection point for food and toy donations. Drop off your gift at our studios.
Looking for a bargain this holiday season? The best deals might be in the palm of your hand. Here's the "must have" apps for the holidays.
CBSNews -- Expect shoppers to pinch their pennies this holiday season.
BRANSON, Mo. -- If you're traveling to Branson over the holiday season, plan a stop at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater for an all-star Christmas show.
If a pet will be a part of your holiday travel plans, experts advise some planning ahead. Learn tips on flying with furry friends during these peak periods, and when it might be best to leave them behind.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. -- If you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit, aside from baking and stringing up those Christmas lights, Least of These Inc. has a great way for you to go about it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Efforts to feeding our hungry neighbors this holiday season kick into high gear this weekend, with the start of the annual Check Out Hunger campaign in area grocery stores.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Walmart unveiled its largest Black Friday plans to date on Tuesday, Nov. 12, including seven times the number of one-hour guaranteed items compared to last year, "Manager Specials" and even more hot deals on the season's top gifts.
For some holiday shoppers, the spirit of the season may lead to overspending and add up to a less-than-happy New Year. Tips for smarter holiday spending.
Celebrate the holidays with events of all kinds to mark the season in communities across the Ozarks. See a list of many of them here.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The magic returns to Bass Pro tonight during the annual display of Santa’s Wonderland. Santa will arrive at the store this evening at 5:00 p.m. to greet children.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Battlefield Mall is having it’s own parade today to kick-off the start of the holiday season.
This holiday season, save yourself time and avoid the crowded malls by putting your fingers and mobile devices to work. A couple of new shopping apps will help you find the perfect present for even the hardest to shop for person on your list.
November and December generate a combined $2 million in annual sales tax revenue. Theaters and shops court holiday shoppers and sightseers through late autumn.
Christmas is 99 days away. But for retailers, the countdown is already on. They're trying to grab shoppers' attention early, because sales are expected to be weak this year.