Jefferson County County Children & Youth Services Prepares for Holiday Season

Members of the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Advisory Council pose with the Commissioners after Wednesday's meeting. From left, front row, are Cindy Cornwell, Melissa George, Jim Berry and Barb Postewaite. Back row, from left, are Jeff Pisarcik, Suella Himes, Jack Matson and Herb Bullers.

Members of the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services Advisory Council pose with the Commissioners after Wednesday’s meeting. From left, front row, are Cindy Cornwell, Melissa George, Jim Berry and Barb Postewaite. Back row, from left, are Jeff Pisarcik, Suella Himes, Jack Matson and Herb Bullers.

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — For several years, the generosity of the Jefferson County community has made it possible for the youths to enjoy a happy holiday.

At Wednesday’s Jefferson County Commissioners meeting, the Advisory Committee of Jefferson County Children & Youth Services came to let the community know it is currently seeking donations to help serve the needs of the disadvantaged children.

“The generosity of the community has allowed the children of our county to receive Christmas gifts and Winter clothing,” Advisory Council spokesman Jim Berry said. “Monetary donations have allowed the Council and staff to plan and carry out activities for the foster families and children and a resource parent appreciation dinner and Christmas party.”

Berry also explained that past donations have helped JCCYS give stipends for school expenses, help with graduation costs and provide scholarships for students continuing their education after high school.

“We have also distributed diaper bags and duffel bags for children in placement and back-to-school outfits,” Berry said.

Melissa George, the agency’s Resource Family Specialist, also talked about the efforts to help kids in need.

“As in previous years, we are seeking donations of gifts, money, and the direct sponsorship of a child,” George said. “Any sponsor wishing to their own shopping will be provided with the age, gender, clothing size and special interest of the child.”

To become a sponsor, call Berry at 814-849-4172 before Nov. 14.

Gifts will need to be turned into the CYS office at 155 Main Street, Jefferson Place in Brookville by Nov. 28. Gifts must be turned in unwrapped, but donations of gift bags, wrapping paper and boxes are welcomed.

Also, the Commissioners unanimously approved the Human Services Development Fund contract on behalf of Children & Youth Services from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

The Community Connections of Clearfield-Jefferson Counties received $20,100, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging received $11,100, Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission received $7,200, Community Action, Inc. received $6,100 and Life and Independence for Today received $600.


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