Day care raises money for sick kids

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Staff of one Region 8 day care have been hard at work raising money for sick children.

Employees and children at "A Place For Yours" child care in Paragould wrapped up their week long fundraising efforts at six-thirty on Friday.

The Paragould Police and Fire Department showed up at the day care to block off the road and visit with the children.

This event was a part of Arkansas Children's Week.

Director of the day care, Donetta Ryles, says this was the fourth year they've participated in this event.

"All week we've been learning about safety and raising money for St. Jude. The Paragould Police and Fire Department, Smokey the Bear, ACE Hardware and just all of the local businesses have helped to bring this all together."

Donetta says the kids learn a lot by participating in this.

"The children understand that the children St. Jude's helps are not healthy. They need our help. They need our prayers. They need our sponsorship."

Dianna Dillon's nine year old daughter has been helping raise money.

As a parent, Dianna says she's thrilled the day care is letting the children help raise the money.

"She's learned so much about the sick children at St. Jude's and how cancer is such a bad disease and how by her taking her time to raise money for them that she can help those kids."

Donetta says the kids that attend the day care worked really hard with friends and family members to raise money.

"The kids have gone to grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and asked will you please help. And they have done a wonderful job raising money for St. Jude's."

Thirty-two children currently attend A Place For Yours day care.

Donetta says this has been a wonderful experience that has brought the community together.

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