Poinsett County DHS Gets Christmas Wishes Answered

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- The wish lists were long, and the need urgent.

"It was going to be sort of a bleak Christmas for kids in Poinsett County," said County Administrator of Poinsett County DHS, Janice Griffin.

Last week, with just over 5,000 dollars, Janice Griffin in the Poinsett County Office of DHS was struggling to find a way to put gifts under the tree for hundreds of foster children and those in single parent homes.

"Originally, I had marked several children off the list because I knew we weren't going to have the money, and I would rather not disappoint them," said Griffin.

Shortly after Region 8 news aired this story last week, monetary donations started rolling in.  In less than a week's time, generous donors more than doubled the fund for less fortunate children, and not all of it from Poinsett County.

"A lot of our donations have actually come from Craighead County, so the saying "neighbors helping neighbors" I guess is true," said Griffin.

With about 12,000 thousand donated dollars and hundreds of wishes to fill, Monday marked the first phase of shopping for the children. The room full of toys will grant the wishes of about 250 kids, but Janice says this is just the start. Some of the children that had to be taken off the list due to a lack of funds, thanks to a strangers generosity, can now be put back on.

If you want to help the Poinsett County Office of DHS, you can call 870-578-5491.

Griffin says many other county offices may be in the same financial position, so she suggests calling your local office if you want to donate to the county you live in.