Halloween is not until Saturday night. However, for Division of Children and Family Services of Phillips County workers that signals the Christmas holiday is just around the corner.
They are beginning to seek in earnest donations for Christmas gifts for foster children in the county.

Halloween is not until Saturday night. However, for Division of Children and Family Services of Phillips County workers that signals the Christmas holiday is just around the corner.

They are beginning to seek in earnest donations for Christmas gifts for foster children in the county.

“Christmas is the season for open-heartedness and giving something special to those who are less fortunate,” says Willie Allen, DCFS county supervisor.

According to Allen, the foster children in Helena-West Helena range in age from birth to 18. These children, said Allen, have entered foster care because the parent or guardian failed to meet the youngster’s health, safety and/or emotional security needs.

“These children have lived through conditions that no child should experience,” commented Allen.

Still, Allen reports the youngsters manage to smile, attend school on a daily basis and make good grades – most of the time. They are brave and must be strong enough to deal with adult issues on a daily basis.

Allen is urging the community to come together and help Santa Claus arrive at the doorsteps of these foster children through generous donations. By giving, you’ll be helping DCFS provide a joyous holiday for the foster children in Helena-West Helena and Phillips County who want so desperately for Santa to visit.

Donations may come in several different variations, including financial offerings, services, or goods (including but not limited to clothing or toys).

The Department of Human Services (DHS) at 104 D’Anna Place is the site where donations are being accepted.

“All contributions will be greatly appreciated,” reported Allen. “If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Henry, Pam Johnson or Sally Luckett at (870) 816-3200.”