DHS Christmas Project Needs Donors
For over three decades the Clay County Department of Human Services has sponsored a Christmas project, working to insure all area children have the chance to enjoy the holidays. And, once again this year organizers are working hard to make the effort a success and are seeking those willing to adopt children or families.
"The project is well underway for this year and we've had a great response already," noted DHS county administrator Annette Dutka. "But, we still have a lot of children who need to be sponsored."
Dutka noted as of Monday, Dec. 7, there were 30 families waiting to be adopted, which translated to 63 children--all in the Piggott area.
"We had great response in the Corning area, and the Corning Police Department raised enough money to sponsor all the children in that area," Dutka explained. "And, we have also had all the children in the Rector area adopted."
She noted anyone interested in adopting a child, or family, in the Piggott area should contact the DHS office.
"We need to make sure all of the children are adopted before Friday, Dec. 18," she added. "If possible the sponsoring person will need to purchase, wrap and deliver the gifts. If that's impossible, we can make arrangements for them to drop off the gifts at the DHS office and the family can pick them up. But, please keep in mind the office is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25."
Those wanting to adopt a child or family, or obtain more information may stop by the office at 187 North Second Avenue in Piggott or call 870 598-2282.
"The residents of Clay County have always stepped-up and made sure all the children of the county have a Merry Christmas," Dutka surmised. "It's our expectation that this year will not be any different. And, we want to say a big thank you to those who have already helped out-and those who plan to, but have not yet contacted us."