Abbott House is holding jackpots to buy Christmas gifts for kids – Mitchell Republic

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Natasha Waters may not work for Abbott House, but to her, that doesn’t make their mission any less meaningful.

For 80 years, Abbott House has offered children of young adults, ages 7 to 23, a second chance at youth – a place of hope and recovery for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

In partnership with the nonprofit, Waters, a Wessington Springs child advocate, decided to start the Give for Kids Raffle to raise funds that can help change the lives of victims of childhood trauma.

“I really admire the work they’re doing there,” Waters said, “helping kids who’ve been through a lot.”

During the month of November, Waters and his team organize a raffle to benefit the children of Abbott House.

The Give for Kids Raffle, a new fundraiser, is selling $5 raffle tickets until the end of November for a chance to win a variety of prizes, ranging from 100 pounds of ground beef to $2,500 cash.

Funds raised from the raffle will go towards two of the non-profit organization’s initiatives: providing Christmas gifts to children at Abbott House and purchasing licenses for educational software.

“You want to give them something special to make them feel wanted or loved,” Waters said of helping out with Christmas gifts.

The nonprofit also works to provide children with access to a system called Edgenuity, a blended learning program that can help children complete schoolwork at a pace that best suits their lives. .

“A lot of foster kids are at high risk of losing (education) credits,” said Waters, who also taught at Wessington Springs. “(Edgenuity) is learning software where children in the Abbott household can go to school…and go at their own pace without falling behind.”

Any funds that are not used for Christmas gifts or Edgenuity license purchases will be used to fund the non-profit organization’s many other initiatives.

“Abbott House has so many different programs, which is even better because it’s really about helping this kid understand that everything they went through wasn’t their fault,” Waters said.

Eric Klooz, executive director of Abbott House, said the raffle is a great opportunity for the children he serves and for donors.

Although raffle tickets are available for purchase now, Klooz said the Abbott house is offering a $10,000 match for all tickets purchased on Giving Tuesday – which is November 30, the last day to purchase raffles. tickets.

Anyone interested in purchasing a raffle ticket or seeing what items are being raffled can contact a member of the Abbott House Board of Directors, call the Abbott House offices or visit their website. The winners of the raffle will be announced on December 1.

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