Most Phillips County families have pushed away from the Thanksgiving dinner table and have offered their thanks for their many blessings. Now, everyone is turning their attention to the rapidly approaching Christmas holiday. It's this time of year when people take the time to express their thanks and gratitude by reaching out to those less fortunate than themselves.

Most Phillips County families have pushed away from the Thanksgiving dinner table and have offered their thanks for their many blessings. Now, everyone is turning their attention to the rapidly approaching Christmas holiday. It's this time of year when people take the time to express their thanks and gratitude by reaching out to those less fortunate than themselves.

Each Christmas season, workers at the Phillips County Division of Children and Family Services call out for some assistance from the community to help make Christmas a little brighter for the foster children in our county.

According to a letter distributed by Pamela Lane, DCFS county supervisor, foster children in Phillips County range from birth to 18 years old.

"These children have entered foster care because the parent or guardian failed to meet the child's need of health, safety or emotional security," Lane stated in the letter. "These foster children have lived through conditions that no child should experience."

Lane added that despite having to face adult problems daily, these children manage to smile, attend school regularly and for the most part make good grades.

Lane and her DCFS co-workers are encouraging Phillips Countians to help bring Santa Claus into these children's lives through donations.

DCFS is accepting any type of donation for the foster children.

Donations are now being accepted at the Department of Human Services office located at 104 D'Anna Place in Helena.

Those having any questions or seeking additional information should please contact Jackie Henry at (870) 816-3247, Charlotte Milligan at (870) 816-3258; or Yolanda Burton at (870) 714-5332.