DHS Seeks Help For Kids at Christmas

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The list of kids needing help this holiday season has been compiled by the staff of the Clay County Department of Human Services, and now those willing to help are being recruited. The countywide program seeks to help children age 15 years old and younger, and all forms of help are appreciated.

Last year nearly 200 Clay County children were assisted through the program, which has become a popular holiday project for clubs, church groups and individual families. In keeping with the holiday effort they've undertaken for over 30 years, DHS staff members are matching children, and families, with those willing to help.

As in years past, the organizers prefer for those who are doing the "adopting" to purchase the gifts, wrap and deliver them. But, for those unable to meet the criteria the local staff members will try to work out an alternative.

Monetary donations are also being accepted, for those who are unable to purchase and deliver items. DHS county administrator Annette Dutka notes the goal is to have every name on their list adopted, and the items delivered, by Dec. 18.

"Without the generosity of Clay County residents, churches, clubs, organizations and businesses this would not be possible, Dutka added. "In the past we've had children that did not get adopted--but, last year we had an "angel" step-up and provide the funds to complete our list."

Those interested in adopting/sponsoring a child or family may call the DHS office in Piggott at 870 598-2282, or stop by 187 North Second Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.

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