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Southern IL organization gives away hundreds of gifts

(Source: Brittany Jacob/KFVS) (Source: Brittany Jacob/KFVS)

Some southern Illinois children will have a merry Christmas, thanks to an organization with a big heart. 

On Monday, December 12, The Poshard Foundation hosted one of the largest Christmas toy giveaways in the region. 

Area agencies that serve abused, abandoned and neglected children will share hundreds of toys.

"This is amazing because we probably have close to 80 children that were not chosen off the angel tree this year, so trying to provide for those children – this is going to be a tremendous help," said Marsha Hayes, case manager for the Family Counseling Center.

The Poshard Foundation is an all-volunteer public charitable organization receiving funding from private donors only. They provide funding for children in crisis when other funds are not available.

This year, businessman Richard Clark and friends, have partnered with the Poshard Foundation to gift more than 700 brand new toys.

Clark is the owner of Tri-State Business Equipment in Harrisburg. He hosts an annual Christmas Party attended by hundreds of his customers and friends throughout the area. Clark receives many gifts to contribute to the foundation because each person attending his party can bring a new toy to be gifted to a needy child. 

"We are so grateful for Richard's partnership this year. These are some of the neediest children in southern Illinois. They were not on anybody's Christmas list but now they are, thanks to his efforts," said Poshard. 

Below is a list of agencies participating in the toy giveaway from the Poshard Foundation for December 2016:

  • Family Counseling Center, Inc. 
  • Cairo Women's Shelter
  • CASA - Saline County
  • Centerstone
  • DCFS - Anna
  • DCFS - Metropolis
  • DCFS - Murphysboro
  • Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prison and Family Ministry
  • PAVE (People Against Violent Environments) - Centralia
  • Shawnee Healthy Families
  • Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center - Anna
  • United Methodist Children's Home - Mt Vernon

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