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Archive for Saturday, November 3, 2001

Agency hopes to fulfill Christmas wish

November 3, 2001

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Phone: 331-4200

Contact: Megan Edmonds, resource coordinator

Megan Edmonds, resource coordinator at KVC Behavioral Healthcare Network, clearly wants one thing for Christmas that every child in the region who is in out-of-home placement because of abuse or neglect gets at least one Christmas gift this holiday season.

Edmonds has a list of about 200 children who will need gifts.

"We try to get businesses, schools, organizations and individuals to adopt a child and buy them gifts," Edmonds said.

KVC, formerly known as Kaw Valley Center, is a subcontractor for the state's Social and Rehabilitation Services.

The agency holds the foster-care contract for Region 2, which includes Wyandotte, Douglas, Franklin, Atchison, Jefferson, Doniphan, Brown and Jackson counties.

When a child is referred by SRS for out-of-home care, KVC provides case management, family support workers and referrals for parenting classes, alcohol/drug treatment and other services.

"We served over 2,000 children last (fiscal) year," she said. The ages of the children range from birth to 21.

Those interested in buying gifts for the children need to give Edmonds a call. She will provide a list of the gifts requested by the child. Each list has three items, each costing under $30.

"If they want to adopt a child, they can adopt them at anytime," Edmonds said. "The gifts must be in by Dec. 10."

The names of the children who aren't adopted are then placed on Angel Trees that will be set up before the Thanksgiving holiday in Kmart in Lawrence and Wal-Mart in Atchison. Shoppers can pick the names of children from the trees and buy them gifts.

In addition to the adopt-a-child and Angel Tree needs, Edmonds said, KVC also needs items for its clothing closets in Lawrence, Atchison, Ottawa and Wyandotte County. All sizes, from birth to adult, are needed, but winter coats and jeans for junior high school students and high school students are in big demand. School supplies, luggage and clothing bags also are needed.

"And around Christmas we can always use (gift) wrapping supplies," she said.

Last week's results

Kathy Mulinazzi, director of Small World, received one call from a person interested in volunteering with the organization after the profile of the program ran in last week's "How You Can Help."

Small World is a program for international women that is designed to help them learn English, introduce them to American traditions and culture and provide socialization activities for the women and their children.

Mulinazzi said volunteers are needed to work with the children's program; help complete admission application forms; help administer testing; collect tuition fees; substitute teach or tutor; and oversee the library.

The program meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2415 Clinton Parkway (in First Presbyterian Church).

To volunteer, call Mulinazzi at 841-3645.

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