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Making New Year's resolutions that count

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2012 is finally here and with the start of a new year usually comes new resolutions for self-improvement. For those who are tired of stereo-typical resolutions, perhaps it’s time to consider some different ideas that will be both helpful and fulfilling.

Taking steps to become a foster parent is a wonderful way to help children in need all year long. To find out about new classes, contact Sarah Dunn (in Jasper County) at 417-629-3065, or Regina Huffman (in Newton County) at 417-455-5100. However, becoming a foster parent is not something one should do on a whim or half-heartedly. Many of these children have undergone abuse and neglect and deserve a home that is loving, supportive, and – most importantly – stable.

If becoming a foster parent is not an option, there are many children’s services in Joplin that are in need of volunteers, funding, and donations. Children’s Haven, located at 701 Picher in Joplin, has numerous opportunities for volunteering ranging from providing a meal to lawn care. Additionally, donations such as diapers, clothing, food, and even office supplies help keep the Haven running smoothly.

The Children’s Trust Fund helps raise awareness about child abuse and neglect in Missouri and offers a variety of ways individuals can assist in their efforts to help protect and nurture Missouri’s most valuable resource: its children. Opportunities range from simply purchasing a CTF license plate or making a monetary donation. The state tax check-off program enables individuals to both purchase a license plate and make a donation by simply checking the box indicated on the Missouri tax return and making a donation of $25 or more.

With focus, commitment, and effort, 2012 can become a year that is remembered for helping children in need find loving, lasting homes.

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