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Spirit of Christmas ensures Brighter Holiday for children recovering from abuse

Companies, donors raise the bar for generosity, helping 200 kids, 25 more than targeted

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2015) – Generous donors, including A. Arnold World Class Relocation, Charter Communications, Kindred Healthcare, and Crosley Radio have helped assure that 200 children enduring trauma from violence, abuse and neglect will have the chance for a Merry Christmas.

Gifts“Response this year to our Brighter Holidays program reflects the real meaning of Christmas – it’s more blessed to give than receive,” said JT Henderson, vice president of Resource Development for Family & Children’s Place, which annually presents the holiday gift-giving program.

Originally, 175 children from the agency’s HANDS program, Family Stabilization Services, Child & Family Services and child advocacy centers in Kentucky and Indiana were selected to receive gifts, but response was so swift and sure that another 25 children quickly were adopted, said Henderson.

“This giving really matters,” said Pam Darnall, F&CP president and CEO. “For most, the holidays are a time of excitement and anticipation, but for children and families recovering from trauma, the holidays can bring extra stress and sap a family’s joy.

“This outpouring of love and caring can help give these children and families a positive and memorable holiday,” she said.

The suggested gift value for each child, aged newborn to 17, was $75 per child, which is no small sum, but many people and companies stepped up to adopt several children.

Employees at A. Arnold, for example, adopted 48 children, with “one single mom who works there that has no business being as generous as she is, but insisted upon helping others,” according to Greg Hoover, CEO of the relocation company and a board member for Family & Children’s Place. Charter Communications employees adopted 21 children and Kindred Healthcare and Crosley Radio each adopted 10 kids.

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About Family & Children’s Place
Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and helps move them from hurting to healing.  We serve nearly 5,000 children and families annually through trauma-informed and impact-evident services.  For more information about Family and Children’s Place, visit www.famchildplace.org or call 502-893-3900.

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