DHS Kicks Off Annual Christmas Project

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Local Office Administrative Assistant Sarah Poole and County Administrator Annette Dutka with some of the items collected for this year's DHS Christmas Project.

With the holiday season just around the corner, the Department of Human Services has officially kicked-off their 29th annual Christmas Project. According to Annette Dutka, DHS county administrator, businesses, clubs or individuals can adopt a child or family for Christmas.

"To adopt a family or child just go by the DHS office, located at 187 North Second Avenue in Piggott," Dutka noted. "And, the names of the children, along with their ages, sizes and a wish list will be provided. Under our project, when you adopt a child or family you provide them with Christmas presents and deliver them to their home."

Each year around 500 children from across Clay County receive Christmas packages through the DHS project. "Many of these children would not have had a Christmas without the generous donations from the community," Dutka added. "We encourage those who are able to help out by adopting children for Christmas, so that no child has a Christmas without receiving a gift."

Families who are in need for Christmas may fill out a form at the DHS office in Piggott, or the Family Medical Center in Corning, but applications must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 6.

"In spite of a slow economy, we'd like to see that all children that apply and qualify for the project receive Christmas gifts," Duta surmised. "The hearts of the citizens of Clay County are so big we feel that the help will come through.

Those wanting more information on the program may call the DHS office at 870 598-2282

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