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Students embrace the opportunity to give back

Date: 12/22/2017

Students from the Lewisville Juvenile Treatment Center experienced the power of making a positive community impact.     

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Youth Services (DYS) along with the Division of Aging Adult and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) sponsored an activity which benefited the students and Arkansas Health Center patients.             

Students signed Christmas cards and put together felt ornaments for the patients, which they personally delivered to the health center.    

The outcome was heartwarming.

“This project made me feel like I was doing something great,” said Jacob a student. “I made a difference in someone’s life.”

Several people were committed to assuring that the students enjoyed the holiday season. The ornaments and cards symbolized the youths having a chance to uplift someone else. Exude the same love they have received.

DYS Deputy Assistant Director of Residential and Community Operations April Hannah, beamed with pride while watching the students present the Christmas items.

“This opportunity to put together the ornaments and share them with other individuals being served by DHS was important,” she said while donning a huge smile.  “People have paid it forward to us. It was our turn to pay it forward to someone else.

“Our youth were fortunate that so many people gave to make sure they were happy this holiday season. We wanted to let everyone know that we care about and appreciate them as well.”

Damontez, a student, enjoyed creating the ornaments.

“It placed me in the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving,” he said.

DAABHS Director Jay Hill led the students through the health center tour of giving. He commended the youth for their dedication to this project.

“The students have done a tremendous service,” he said. “Their generosity has made the day of several individuals who are under public guardianship. We greatly appreciate them.”

“This is a blessing for our residents,” said Jeremy Horton chaplain of the facility. “The students coming here and personally delivering the items, shaking the hands of residents, and giving them a hug - it was awesome.”

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

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

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