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Christmas at the Capitol provides plenty of joy

Date: 12/15/2017

Children from various regions of the state enjoyed a bit of Christmas cheer alongside several government officials.

The Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson, presented Christmas at the Capitol.

The Capitol’s old Supreme Court Chamber had a jovial atmosphere as Christmas hats were donned, milk and cookies were distributed, conversations were flowing, and a group of adolescents in the care of either the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or the Division of Youth Services (DYS) received gifts.

Sen. Missy Irvin hosted the celebration.

“Christmas at the Capitol is important. I enjoyed meeting the young people in attendance. They’re sharp. They’ve got a great future,” Hutchinson said. “I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope that we all have an opportunity to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.”

Four DYS students were among the youth at the event. They were visibly jubilant while receiving gifts and interacting with Hutchinson. 

“On Christmas morning when our youth wake up, they’ll know that they have a gift,” said director Betty Guhman. “We want our youth to know that people genuinely care about them. The gifts will definitely help this be a great Christmas for our young people.”  

A sibling group of six, who enthusiastically embraced every aspect of Christmas at the Capitol, was part of the DCFS contingent.

Director Mischa Martin expressed gratitude for the persons and groups that helped the project come into fruition.     

“We have a big task of making sure each child feels loved, especially during Christmas,” she said. “We’re thankful for our partners in the legislature and Gov. Hutchinson for making sure that the children feel loved. We also appreciate The Call and Project Zero for their outstanding efforts. It takes the community to come together, in order to help warm the hearts of our children in foster care.”   

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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