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Miami employees help neediest kids

Miami’s Classified Personnel Advisory Committee (CPAC) is once again collecting contributions to make the holidays brighter for abused, neglected and dependent children.

The CPAC program benefits youngsters who are helped by PARACHUTE Special Advocates for Children of Butler County Inc., a nonprofit organization that recruits volunteers to serve as advocates for such youngsters in the court system.

For the past three years, CPAC contributions have provided each youngster with age-appropriate gifts plus a personal tote bag. The tote bag replaces the paper bag most of the youngsters must use to transport their belongings from one foster home to another.

The number of youngsters in PARACHUTE has jumped to 70 this year from 40 last year.

Last year, about $6,000 was raised and CPAC members are hoping for an even greater total to help deal with the increased number of children in need.

"Some of these children feel forgotten, especially during the holidays. You can make a difference," said Melva Brown, one of the organizers of this year’s drive.

CPAC members will be at Shriver Center through Friday collecting donations. Contributions may also be sent to Melva Brown, student activities and organization leadership, 356 Shriver Center, through Dec. 11.

Donations are tax deductible and should be made payable to CPAC-Holiday Project (put PARACHUTE on the memo line).

Date Published: 12/06/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 18

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