JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Employees of a bank have joined forces with a couple of non-profit organizations to make this Christmas brighter for children in foster care.
There are nearly 4,500 kids in foster care in Arkansas with more than 1,000 of those have been in the system for more than two years.
First Security Bancorp has partnered with Restore Hope Arkansas and Red Door Tables to collect monetary and gift donations for these children.
Restore Hope is a non-profit that works to bridge the gap between government services and communities working to reduce the rate of incarceration, facilitate a successful re-entry from incarceration to society and reduce the number of children in the state’s foster care system.
Red Door Tables supports Restore Hope by inviting people around the state to partner with them to support kids in foster care.
Andrew Baker, founder of Red Door Tables, said the need in Arkansas is huge.
“This Christmas, Restore Hope and Red Door Tables are proud to partner with First Security Bank to support vulnerable Arkansas children,” Baker said. “The need is great, and we have the opportunity to show support for the children who find themselves separated from their families this holiday season. Our hope is to raise awareness and to make sure on Christmas morning they all find gifts under the tree with their names on them.”
First Security Bancorp Chairman and CEO Reynie Rutledge said they want to help make this Christmas brighter for kids.
“We want Christmas to be a magical time for all children in our state,” Rutledge said. “Especially those who may not be with family and may otherwise dread the holiday season. By hosting this collection in partnership with Restore Hope and Red Door Tables, we hope to bring a little bit of joy to their Christmas morning.”
They are collecting monetary gifts, store gift cards, and new, unwrapped toys at any First Security banking center throughout the state.
All donations made in a specific area stay in that area to benefit the children in those communities.
For instance, all Northeast Arkansas donations will be given to children in Northeast Arkansas.
The donations will be distributed to local children through partner agencies of the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services within each banking center community.
They’re collecting donations through Friday, Dec. 15.