Challenges with The Children's Shelter

March 26, 2009 --

According to Arkansas Department of Human Services, 27, 672 reports of abuse or neglect were investigated.

But where do those children go that are taken from their homes, and sometimes separated from their siblings?

Judy Turnbull and Amber Hampton hope the children will be placed in their facility, The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge. That is, if they were open.

Turnbull says they have to have a full year's budget in the bank before they can start accepting kids, and right now they only have a third of that. The building has been renovated, painted, decorated and stocked, all by volunteers. But the doors remain closed till the funds are met.

"When we open, we can recieve money from the state, but only in the form of foster board payments, which averages out to $13 a day per child. We are not state funded, we are non-profit and fully rely on the generosity of others."

Amber Hampton, the Administrator for The Children's Shelter, says they are so thankful for all the support from the community.

"They've painted, they've cleaned, our rooms were adopted out by individuals or groups in the community and they have done a wonderful job."

But until the funds are met, the beds remain unslept in, the yard empty, and the toys untouched.

So how can you help?

You can make an anonymous donation by sending a check to:

The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Dr. , Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

or you can Call Amber Hampton 870-886-5191

or you can collect the following items from your church, local organization, or just pick up a few items when you head to the store the next time.

Toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, hairbrush, comb, shampoo, gel or mouse, hair clips, pony tail holders, barrettes, bars of soap, plastic soap box, deodorant, body powder, body lotion, cotton swabs, nail clippers, emery board, kleenex, chapstick or lip gloss, flashlight (small, packaged with battery), sanitary napkins, tampons, pantyliners.

All of these donations can be taken to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge Monday through Friday 9-3 pm.