It's a few days before Christmas, and there are still 19 needy families without a Sub For Santa sponsor, according to Lorri Hirst, director fo United Way's Sub for Santa program.

"We need additional groups to sponsor these families," Hirst said. "Anyone can sponsor a family, whether the group is a business, club, church or individual family."Sponsors are matched up with a family, according to the family size that the sponsor can financially handle. Then the sponsor is asked to provide one toy item and one clothing item for each child in the family.

Sponsors are given the ages, names and sex of the children, and then are asked to contact the family to discover what specific needs they have.

Groups who would like to help one of the 19 families left may call Sub for Santa at 375-2999 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays or the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108 between 1 and 5 p.m.