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2023 Christmas Project at The Center for Children & Families – Clinton

It’s the most wonderful time of year at The Center for Children & Families!  

The Center for Children and Families Christmas Project 2023

Back row l to r: Joshua Johnson, Kelly Folse, Shelley Jones (Director of Clinical Services), Samantha Hale, Braxton Joyce, Matthew Thornton (CEO)
Front row l to r: Maddie Fox, Kinsley Prevost, Ella Craft

Today, local community volunteers joined the staff at The Center for Children & Families, located at 604 Hwy. 80 West,  Ste. R in Clinton, to unload new Christmas gifts for children in their services. Some local businesses and individuals collected and donated items such as new toys, books, bicycles, and new shoes.  

The 2023 Christmas Project at The Center for Children & Families provides gifts of hope through donated toys, coats, shoes, and clothing for children who are currently involved in their services and programs, which provide advocacy and counseling services in the community. Many of the children served at The Center are in various services due to abuse, neglect, or behavioral/mental health issues, and some children are currently in foster care and are in need at Christmas. 

“These kids are dealing with difficult situations year-round, and the holidays are always hardest on those who are living through some form of crisis or trauma. We try to provide hope and healing through our programs – including counseling services and advocacy. Our staff and therapists who work with these families know they are struggling at Christmas, and we just want to provide a way to make it a little easier on them,” said Dr. Matthew Thornton, CEO of The Center for  Children & Families. 

Shelley Jones, Clinical Services Director said, “Our mission is for children to be in safe, healthy environments year-round,  and the holidays can be an especially difficult time if a child has been removed from their home and families.”  

If you would like more information about the Christmas Project and The Center for Children & Families, please visit or call (601) 473-2106. Donations collected for the Christmas Project are only given to children in need who are in current services at The Center.  

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