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Giving Arkansas’s Foster Children a Merry Christmas Takes a Village

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Christmas can be a – and should be a– magical time for children, but for many, it is not. In fact, the holidays are especially rough for some kids. Kids whose Christmas memories are not of baking cookies, trimming the tree, or sitting in Santa’s lap. For many, Christmas is a reminder of the things they do not have. Through no fault of their own, many children are caught in the daily struggles their parents face concerning poverty, violence and drug abuse. They end up displaced from their families for their own safety and wellbeing.

Did you know there are nearly 4,500 children and teens currently in the foster care program in Arkansas? This year, with your help, we can make a difference in these children’s lives.

How can you help Make Christmas Magical for Foster Kids?

  • By donating money or new, unwrapped toys at any First Security Bank Banking Center near you and receive a Christmas ornament for donating!
  • Tell others about this effort to raise funds and collect toys!
  • Consider purchasing a Spiral Wood Christmas Tree from your banking center when you donate $199 or more.

Spiral Wood Christmas Trees

These beautiful trees were produced for the Restore Hope Foundation in Arkansas with foster children and their families in mind!

  • Beautiful wooden Christmas Trees will be for sale in 49 FSB Banking Centers.
  • The tree in each banking center may be purchased and the proceeds will be donated to the Restore Hope Foundation to support foster children and families in Arkansas.
  • Donations must value $199 or more to receive a tree.

 

(Photo supplied by Project Zero. These two children are currently in the foster care system waiting to be adopted.)

No child in Arkansas, in the communities we live and work, should be without some small amount of Christmas joy. That’s why First Security Bank is partnering with the Restore Hope Foundation, Project Zero and the Arkansas Division of Children & Family Services to assist in collecting monetary gifts, store gift cards, and new, unwrapped toys to put a little joy into the Christmas of foster children in Arkansas this year. This Christmas collection drive will be Monday, November 18 through Friday, December 6. Donations will be accepted at all banking centers and will be distributed to local children through partner agencies of the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services.

Restore Hope Foundation – The mission of Restore Hope is to reduce incarceration and the need for foster care through collaborative partnerships. (restorehopear.org)

Project Zero — The mission of Project Zero is to diligently and enthusiastically promote adoption through the foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child who is waiting. (www.theprojectzero.org)

 

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Kristi was born and raised in the Natural State and has lived most of her life in Searcy. She enjoys traveling with her husband and son. She loves reading and learning about a wide variety of topics, drinking pumpkin spice lattes and taking sewing classes. Otherwise, she is managing OnlyInArk.com, marketing and social media at First Security Bank.

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