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Kiwanis Club Learns about Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services

The Carmi Kiwanis Club heard from Carla Donoho of the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) on Thursday. BCHFS open 100 years ago as an orphanage in Carmi. They took care of children who may have lost their parents to World War I or the influenza epidemic.

As times changed, to stay relevant, their services changed. As Donoho stated, they “are relevant today.” Today, they serve children and families by helping families and children who need extra support and assistance. They teach the children they serve that “God has a purpose for their lives,” Donoho stated.

Donoho also told the club about the Angel’s Cove Maternity Care program in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Expectant mothers are helped along the parenting journey or can place their child for adoption.

Donoho challenged the club to “get involved” with BCHFS. Since opening, 4600 children have been served through BCHFS.

Prior to the program, Dr. Amy Dixon introduced the Most Valuable Bulldogs from Jefferson School.

Most Valuable Bulldogs (left to right)- Raven Trebuth, Sophia McCully, Johanna Zieren, Adelyn Lamont, Gabriella Miller, Brody Brown, Reece Whitley and Gage Anderson.