More than 100 children in protective homes and custody will receive gifts from the Adopt-A-Child Committee this Christmas...but more are still in need.
Last week we reported the Adopt-A-Child Committee for Muskingum County Children's Services had more than 70 children in need of gifts. On Friday Chairman Anne England was happy to announce that number has been reduced to only 25 children, but said the need is still there as more children may be added to the list.
"Even up to Christmas Day some children are removed from their homes, so we need donors," said England. 'Anytime they can still call, and can still purchase gifts, and can still donate money."
England said donors can choose the age and sex of the child they wish to purchase for, or they can choose to donate only money.. The important thing is the children have something to open on Christmas morning.
"There is a lot of physical abuse, there is a lot of verbal abuse, there is neglect where they don't have proper care or supervision," explained England. '"Some of the parents are drug addicts, some are alcoholics. There is just bad situations all over."
If your interested in donating items for a child, contact Muskingum County Children Services at (740) 455-6710.
■Donors can choose the age and sex of the adopted child.
■Both, gifts and money of any amount are appreciated.
■Children Services, not the parents, will return all gifts to the store if needed due to incorrect sizes, or broken/missing pieces.
■Some donors may choose to donate only money, instead of buying and wrapping the gifts.
■Any money not used this Christmas will be used for music lessons, tutoring, or birthday gifts throughout the year.
■Children Services will keep a list of gifts received by each child. If the child is moved to a different home, all those gifts will go with the child.
■Gifts will be collected between 8AM and Noon on December 8th at Faith United Methodist Church in Zanesville.