Donors Still Needed for DHS Christmas Project
With Christmas just over a week away, the Clay County Department of Human Services is still in need of those willing to adopt local kids, and families, for the holiday.
"We still have nearly 50 kids in the Piggott area who have not been adopted for the holiday," noted DHS County Administrator Annette Dutka. "Last week there were 30 families, representing over 60 kids, but we did have some of them adopted since. But, there are still 48 kids on the list from the Piggott area."
In recent years the DHS stopped providing delivery service for those giving due to a lack of manpower, which likely prompted some to shy-away from the effort.
"The past few years we've asked those giving the gifts to take on the responsibility of delivering them to the kids, or family, and I'm afraid there are some people who are just not comfortable with that," she explained. "But, we're proud to announce the Piggott Mohawk football players and coaches have volunteered their time to help deliver the gift items this year."
Dutka noted she hoped the availability of the special "elves" would prompt more people to participate in this year's effort.
"We're so thankful that these young men have stepped-up to help, and hope it will mean those who were unable, or unwilling, to make the deliveries will now re-think their involvement," she added.
Under Coach Michael Harrell, and assistants Shawn Hearn and Walter Rau, the Mohawk football teams have become more involved in local efforts in recent years. The players have taken on the chore of placing flags on the graves of veterans at the Piggott Cemetery for Memorial Day, manned a roadblock for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped with younger students at the PES campus just to mention a few of their projects.
"We will continue to try to find individuals, or groups, to adopt the kids we have left right up until we close the office for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day," Dutka added. "Knowing the Mohawk football players are there to help is a great asset-and as usual some of the items may be left here at the office to be picked-up by the individual families."
Those wanting to adopt a child or family, or obtain more information about the effort, may stop by the Department of Human Services office at 187 North Second Avenue, in Piggott, or call 870 598-2282.