The Hot Springs Debutantes recently completed their Charity Service Project at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.
The Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center is Arkansas’ first hospital-based facility for child abuse and neglect. It was founded by St. Joseph’s Mercy in 2003 after it was learned Garland County was part of one of Arkansas’ top three judicial districts in the filing of child maltreatment reports.
“It was great to have the Debutantes here with us and we are very appreciative of what they were able to do today. It really helps us out a lot,” said Janice McCutcheon, director of the Advocacy Center.
The Debutantes toured Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center and learned about the services it provides to the community. They also assisted by helping to clean and restock the patient gift cubbies and quilt closet and watered the flower beds in Chloe’s Garden.
The Debutantes also assembled personal care kits for the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center with donations they collected and left hand-made bead jewelry assembled at a workshop earlier in the week.
“One of the great things about the Hot Springs Debutantes Program is that our donations and efforts directly benefit a local charity,” said Debutante sponsor Stacey Hudgens. “These young ladies get to actually participate and see, firsthand, how they can impact the lives of others by volunteering. It is a mission of the Debutante Program to impart upon these young ladies the social and moral responsibility of community service and volunteerism.”
In addition to the service day, the Debutantes also plan to make a monetary donation after the Red Rose Charity Ball in December.