Project Ad­ven­ture Kids pro­gram seek­ing help

The Covington News - - Local news -

Project Ad­ven­ture Kids is reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity to help them dur­ing th­ese tight times, and there are many ways to help.

Since 1981, Project Ad­ven­ture Kids non-profit has been mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of Ge­or­gia teens. Most of th­ese kids have spent a good part of their lives in foster care. About 80 per­cent won’t be able to go home for the hol­i­days so it makes it very hard for th­ese kids.

The pro­gram looks af­ter 100 kids ( 90 boys and 10 girls, ages 11 to 21 years old) that live in 14 group homes in the Cov­ing­ton area.

The state has cut the bud­get any­where from 30 to 50 per­cent per child de­pend­ing on the pro­gram. School sup­plies, trans­porta­tion, and ed­u­ca­tional dol­lars have also been se­verely cut back. Cloth­ing dol­lars have been com­pletely with­drawn from the bud­get. To save money, 60 per­cent of the staff of Project Ad­ven­ture have cut back their hours to four-day work weeks.

WAYS TO HELP WITH HOL­I­DAY GIV­ING

1. Do­nate a gift card to Wal-mart.

2. Make the Christ­mas Day party a spe­cial day by do­nat­ing money to­wards food and games, or get­ting a restau­rant to spon­sor by do­nat­ing food for the Christ­mas din­ner.

3. Gen­eral gifts such as bags of men’s size white tube socks, white T-shirts, or box­ers.

4. Writ­ing a check and des­ig­nate it to be used for a teen’s gift.

The pro­gram is also looki­ing for vol­un­teers to help with wrap­ping presents, dec­o­rat­ing, and plan­ning the Christ­mas party on Dec. 22 and 23.

To learn more about how to help, call ( 770) 490-8817.

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