DHS Christmas Project Deadline Nears

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The arrival of the holiday season also marks the return of annual efforts to help hose less fortunate. Earlier this month, one of the most popular and long-standing efforts got underway with the resumption of the Clay County Department of Human Service's Christmas assistance project. Organizers report the deadline for applications for those wanting assistance is Monday.

First developed in the mid-1980s to help local families during the holidays, the DHS project has carried on each year since and has helped make for a brighter season for literally hundreds of Clay County kids. Currently, applications are being accepted from families.

“We will continue accepting them through Monday, Nov. 30,” DHS county administrator Annette Dutka offered. “As in years past, we encourage those who are eligible to come by and fill out an application.”

Of course, with the ongoing pandemic the local DHS office is observing protocol and masks are required to enter the lobby. Social distancing should also be observed, and those who might be sick are asked to refrain from visiting in person.

Organizers of the annual effort are also beginning to seek donations for the project. Under the program, those adopting a family provides Christmas presents for the children and delivers them to the home. “You can get more information, or select the names of children by stopping by the DHS office in Piggott,” she added. “You can either choose a family or child, or have them chosen for you.”

Those adopting the children will be provided with names, addresses, ages, sizes of the children and a “wish list” for Christmas.

Each year well over 200 Clay County kids are assisted, with programs in Rector, Piggott and Corning providing a great deal of help in association with the DHS effort. Dutka pointed to the cooperation with local churches, and the county school districts, in helping insure every family possible is helped.

Those wanting additional information may call 870 598-2282 or stop by the DHS office in Piggott at 187 North Second Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.

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