Last fall, employees in the DHS office in Greene County decided to do something a little different than the usual school supply drive they hosted. Instead, they pooled their money, time and grilling talents to put together a Fall Festival for children in foster care and their foster families.
“This was a chance for our foster families to not only enjoy a night, but also meet other foster families and learn about additional resources in their community,” said County Administrator David Mote. “The whole office participated, including DCFS, DCO, DDS and DCCECE.”
More than 70 foster children and their foster families attended. Office staff and their families grilled hotdogs and provided chips, soda, ice cream and treat bags for children. There was a giant bouncy house, dancing, face-painting and games. A local police department, fire department, Arkansas Methodist Hospital, and Arkansas Game and Fish participated as well by providing instructional material and taking pictures with the kids while also educating the children on safety.
“One spouse of a DCFS employee told his wife after the festival that he finally understood why she spent so many hours after 4:30 p.m. working for these families,” Mote explained. “The event was such a big hit that my employees are already saving and planning for this year.”
Photo: Greene County DCFS Supervisor Terri Blanchard and assistant Bridgett Wilson having their photo taken in the photo booth at the festival.