New Program Will Help Foster Kids

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, September 01 2007 Sep 1, 2007 Saturday, September 01, 2007 4:47:30 AM CDT September 01, 2007 in News

The program will help kids participate in extra-curricular activities, by providing them with musical and athletic equipment. Those behind the effort are hopeful their program will have lasting benefits.

"I've seen the benefit of children in foster care. How it has lifted their self esteem," said Deanna Arnold, a Hope Chest for Kids Board Member. "How sometimes they may come and have ADHD and can't focus on maybe reading books, but they can sit down and play a song on the piano, which is really awesome and it gives them, you know, hope that if I can do this, maybe I can do something else."

Regina Scott, who has been a foster mom to more than 50 children, also sees the benefit of the program.

"If I have a kid that I see is skilled, building up in them, that I have an agency now that I can go to and say hey, we need an instrument, we need money for an outfit for a sport, they will have funds available or they will have something, that can help us as a foster parent," Scott said.

People are encouraged to drop off instruments, gear, or even money at select drop-off locations, like Arnold Music in Moberly.

The drive continues through September 30 and participating communities have designated drop-off locations.

Donation drop off locations:

Arnold Music-Moberly/Centralia

The Shepherd's Nook-Fulton

Lemstone Books-Columbia

Melody's Quality Jewelry-Mexico

Alpha and Omega-Jefferson City

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