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Employee Spent Nights Baking Lollipops for Foster Care Christmas Fund

Date: 05/10/2016

Twyla Smith began working as an administrative specialist with the DHS Division of Children and Family Services just over a year ago. She has a long history of public service – from Meals on Wheels to being the PTA president at her son’s school. So when she heard that DCFS staffers work throughout the year to raise money to buy gifts for children in foster care, Twyla knew she had something to contribute.

“I may only do paperwork as a DHS employee, but the foster kids’ Christmas fund was screaming my name,” Twyla said recently. So in February, Twyla spent every night after work for a week and a full weekend baking 400 chocolate lollipops for a Valentine’s Day sale in the DHS central office complex.

The sale raised more than $450 for the Christmas fund. Twyla was thrilled.

“I’m not stopping with Valentine’s day lollipops,” she said. “I will continue to have lollipops at my desk keeping theme with the upcoming holidays as long as people will buy them with all the proceeds going to the fund.”

Photo: Twyla next to a stand full of chocolate lollipops during the Valentine’s Day sale. 

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