CARTERVILLE — The Poshard Foundation and Pat Benton, recently retired from River Radio, distributed $60,000 to Southern Illinois agencies Monday, Dec. 15 to help abused, abandoned and neglected children have a brighter Christmas.

A total of 22 grants were awarded to use for Christmas gifts for children in Southern Illinois. The organizations that received grants were: 

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

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Pat’s Kids and The Poshard Foundation have partnered since 2002 to distribute Christmas gifts to children who would not otherwise receive presents. This year, the final year for Pat’s Kids, approximately 1,500 boys and girls in Southern Illinois will benefit.

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

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