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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • DHS encourages donating a gift or sponsoring a foster child for Christmas

  • Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is knocking on the door. That means Christmas is drawing near and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Human Services is once again on a mission.
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  • Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is knocking on the door. That means Christmas is drawing near and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Human Services is once again on a mission. “It is time to say thanks to those who have given joy to a foster child in the past by donating a gift or sponsoring a child,” says Everlyne Chambers, county supervisor of Phillips County Children and Family Services. “Now, we are once again asking on behalf of our special kids – children who will be spending the holiday season without their families.” Chambers says she hopes everyone can chip in to help make the unhappiness become more bearable by helping make a boy or a girl smile on Christmas morning. “Please make a monetary donation, sponsor a particular child or buy a gift from the 'wish lists' given to us by our children,” Chambers continued. According to Chambers, the foster children are considered special because they have been forced to endure situations they have found themselves in through no fault of their own. These children have been removed from their families as the result of neglect or abuse, Chambers continued. Many, she said, were determined to be in imminent risk regarding their health and safety. “Christmas time should be a joyous time for children,” Chambers commented. “We need your help to make these children smile on Christmas morning.” Chambers reported that contributions can be made payable to Phillips County Children's Christmas. Please mail to P.O. Box 277, Helena, AR 72342. To sponsor a foster child or to buy gifts listed on the children's “wish lists,” please contact Chambers, Mary Clark or Jackie Henry at 870-816-3200. Drop by and visit the Division of Children and Family Services staff at their office located on the Highway 49 Bypass.

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