December 12, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE –  A press conference has been set for 3 p.m. Monday in the John A. Logan College board room where Poshard Foundation co-director Jo Poshard will help distribute approximately $60,000 in checks to 22 different area agencies that serve abused, abandoned and neglected children.

The money will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for the children. The Poshard Foundation is working in concert with retired radio personality Pat Benton, who for several years, was instrumental in raising money for the purchase of Christmas gifts for children through “Pat’s Kids.”

“We have participated in this particular project with Pat since 2002 and hope to help over 1,500 kids this year,” Poshard said.

Those organizations that will be receiving funding Monday include: The Amy Center in Mount Vernon; The Women’s Center in Carbondale; The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale; CASA of Franklin, Jefferson, Saline and Williamson counties; Caritas Family Solutions in Carterville and Mount Vernon; Department of Children and Family Services; Family Counseling Center in Vienna; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Prisoner and Family Ministry; Mentors 4 Kids in Harrisburg; Migrant Education Head Start of Cobden; Operational Angel Tree Ministries; PAVE of Centralia; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless in Marion; Southern Illinois Aids Christmas Project; Centerstone of Carbondale; The Promise in Marion; and United Methodist Children’s Home of Mount Vernon.

“It is heartwarming to know that people in our region care enough about abused children to make sure they have gifts to open on Christmas morning,” Poshard said. “We are grateful to many generous donors.”

The Poshard Foundation will also be disbursing many toys donated by the Dollar General Store on the west side of Carbondale; stuffed animals collected at a stuffed animal drive at Carbondale Community High School; and blankets made by “Hanging by a Thread” in Vienna.

For more information, contact The Poshard Foundation at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email joposhard@jalc.edu.