Letters for 07-20-2017

Help DART help students
The back-to-school season is almost
upon us, and one local organization is
doing its part to help children in need.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance
Team that serves residents in Union and
Lincoln parishes is collecting donations
to prepare children from violent homes
for the upcoming school year.
“This program is for DART clients
only,” Union Parish community advocate
Jackie Hill said. “We are only able to
provide assistance to families who have
used our services.”
Contributions are needed to help
families purchase school uniforms and
supplies. There is a need for items like
notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and
backpacks, which must be clear.
Started in Ruston over 10 years ago,
DART is a non-profit organization whose
mission is twofold:
n To protect, empower and advocate
for all victims, survivors and their
children in North Central Louisiana who
are affected by domestic and dating
n To offer and implement public
education programs in regards to the
far-reaching consequences of domestic
and dating violence.
The DART back-to-school donation
drive is extremely important for children
in the communities it serves, according
to Lincoln Parish community advocate
Terrie Queen Autrey.
“Children of violent homes in our
community already have trauma and
struggle,” she said. “We want their
school year to begin successfully.”
Individuals and groups who want to
contribute can call 368.6181 for more
The children helped by DART need the
support of the community.
Anything that can be done should
be done to provide an extra push to
help get their school year started in a
positive way. Donations may help a child
do better in school as well as overcome
circumstances beyond their control.
Any donation big or small can help a
child in need.
Everyone who can should give serious
consideration to donating to DART’s
program, to help a child, to give back
to the community at large and to mold
a better tomorrow by providing positive
reinforcement to a future generation.