CARTERVILLE -- To help make the holidays a little brighter for local children in need, the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support its Holiday Gifts for Kids programs and Camps for Kids.
"Both programs offer great experiences for abused, abandoned and neglected children who otherwise would not be able to receive a gift on Christmas morning or attend summer camp," said Director Jo Poshard of The Poshard Foundation. "The programs offer positive memories the kids can cherish forever; we are so grateful to Ameren Illinois for awarding us this grant."
For more than 20 years, the foundation has lived its belief that every child deserves a safe place, a safe person, and a safe community. Many of these children have experienced abuse or trauma, so these programs will not only help put a smile on their faces but also help build confidence and lessen anxiety.
The grant funds were awarded through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering.
Tina Gibbs, community relations coordinator for Ameren Illinois presented the foundation with the contribution to help improve the quality of life for children.
"The Poshard Foundation has been a staple in our community for years," she said. "We are grateful for the work they do and proud to support their efforts as they enrich the lives of our community's less fortunate children."
For more information on The Poshard Foundation, visit poshardfoundation.org or call (618) 985-2828, ext. 8564.