DHS Annual Christmas Project Needs Help

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Clay County DHS annual Christmas Project is at hand, as they seek to have less fortunate families adopted for the holidays. Pictured are, from left: County Administrator Annette Dutka and Program Eligibility Coordinator Capri Payne.

During this time of Thanksgiving, as most take pause to count their blessings, Clay County residents are reminded there are those less fortunate. And, with the Christmas season at hand everyone is reminded there are many ways to help--such as adopting a family for the holidays.

"This marks the 30th year the Clay County Department of Human Services has coordinated the Christmas project," noted County Administrator Annette Dutka. "Currently, we're still accepting applications for assistance and we're beginning to match families with those willing to adopt them for the holiday."

Dutka noted the office in Piggott will be accepting applications for those needing assistance through Friday, Dec. 5. Those wanting to apply should stop by the DHS office, on North Second Avenue, in Piggott.

"In 2013 we had 110 families apply from across the county, representing 258 children," she noted. "Of those there were 10 families, with 17 children that were not adopted. This year we'd like to make sure everyone is included."

She noted of the families included not all were assisted through the DHS adoption program. "Some of the families in the Rector area did receive food boxes, they have an organization that does that but they don't provide presents for the kids," she added. "Still, it's a great effort and I think there were 14 families helped."

For those interested in adopting a family for Christmas the process is simple. "Just call the office and the girls up front will help you out," Dutka explained. "They will work with you on a family and the rest is up to you."

She noted in the earlier days of the effort the DHS would arrange for delivery, but it became too difficult as the project grew.

"The way we have it set up now, whoever adopts a family is responsible for either delivering to them at their home, or arrange to meet them somewhere," she added. "If necessary you can bring the things to the DHS office and we'll make arrangements for them to come up here and pick up the items."

Those adopting a family will be provided with contact information, and details about the various members and a "wish list" for each of the children.

"We are in desperate need of people to adopt these families, we don't want any of them to be left out this year," Dutka surmised of the effort.

Those interested in adopting a family, or wanting to obtain more information, may stop by the Clay County Department of Human Services office in Piggott or call 598-2282.

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