DHS office at Miller Co. collecting backpacks full of supplies during Child Abuse Prevention Month

MILLER COUNY, Ark. (KSLA) – The month of April has been set aside to fight against child abuse and neglect. A government agency in Arkansas is working to collect donations and fundraise to help tackle the problem.

“One of our projects is filled with a purpose. We believe that no child should have a trash bag,” said Alexis Lampkins, office supervisor for the Arkansas Department of Social Services in Miller County.

Hundreds of backpacks were collected from the DHS office in Miller County. This is all part of an effort to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect during the month of April.

“Stressing the needs of our families in this county and also to support the needs of our children and our families,” Lampkins said.

Although the month is almost over, Lampkins says they continue to welcome donations to help children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

“Sometimes when we take off they just have the clothes that are on their backs, so we want to involve the community to help with t-shirts, underwear, all kinds of items, diapers and wipes that they need,” Lampkins said.

Lampkins says that in Miller County and other parts of the state of Arkansas, there is a need for more foster homes to support the fight against child abuse.

“Which means we have a shortage of foster homes in this county and we will be advocating for that as well, as we have to travel outside of the region and the county to make placements,” Lampkins said.

On Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m., a major fundraising and donation event to fight child abuse and neglect will take place at the Holiday Bowl in Texarkana.

“It’s the theme of ending child abuse,” Lampkins said.

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