He could have thrown his hands up in the air and walked away. That would have been the easy thing to do, after all the challenges he and his two younger siblings had endured. Their lives had meandered to foster care and removed from almost everything familiar.
However, in a wonderful reminder that you don’t just quit no matter life’s challenges, the oldest boy – all of 12 years old — sought assistance and showed leadership.
This is the story that Ambassadors for Children likes to share, and rightfully so. The boy arrived to the organization’s Kid’s Closet and picked out clothes for his siblings, remembering every detail – right down to their favorite colors. He even saved himself for last.
“Once everything was put into shopping bags, he asked how much it would cost. I responded, ‘It’s free and it’s yours to keep!” said Denee Fay, director of the Ambassadors for Children, which is dedicated to supporting kids affected by neglect and abuse. “His face lit up with the biggest smile. He wanted to carry all the shopping bags to the car on his own, continuing to prove himself as the most responsible big brother.”
Such stories fuel the success of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a PGA Web.com Tour event that aids numerous children’s charities of the Ozarks.
This year, the tournament could eclipse the $12 million mark in total fundraising in the past 18 seasons. A year ago, the event hauled in a record $1 million-plus. And here’s your chance again to throw your support behind the Ambassadors for Children, a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks with a variety of programs.
SUPPORTING THE PCCC = SUPPORTING CHARITIES
- HELP AMBASSADORS FOR CHILDREN: The organization provides quality services and support to foster families in Greene, Christian and Taney counties. Call their office at 417-708-0565.
- FOR BUSINESSES: Restaurants, clothing stores and entertainment stops and others can donate a gift card with at least a $25 value in the name of your charity of choice to benefit them in the Golf Ball Charity Auction.
- BUSINESS SPONSORSHIPS: Businesses also can support the PCCC through various sponsorships, such as the daily newsletter, website or through several events such as a dozen Pro-Ams.
- FOR GOLF FANS, WIN PRIZES: The purchase of a $25 ticket means a four-day pass to the PCCC on Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as daily chances to win gift cards from the local businesses. You’re also automatically entered to win a $10,000 prize and a 2015 Ford Mustang.
- TICKET REVENUE GOES TO: Contact the local charity of your choice, simply because they receive revenue directly from those TLC Property Charity Sweepstakes tickets marked with their names.
- KEY DATES: The tournament is scheduled Aug. 13-16 at Highland Springs Country Club. Check out our full schedule for events from mid-July through August.
- CONTACTS: Call the Price Cutter Charity Championship staff at 417-887-3400.
About Ambassadors for Children
When the 12-year-old boy arrived to Ambassadors of Children, he was wearing baggy camouflage pants with holes and a large white shirt – the only clothes he owned. He also appointed himself responsible for the safety of his two younger siblings.
So, at the Kid’s Closet, he selected pink and purple clothing for his younger sister, and made it a point to find stuffed animals, winter coats and so forth. However, he saved himself for last and, at first, declined to take a winter coat because his figured an oversized sweatshirt would suffice.
“Child abuse and neglect leaves a lasting impact on a child’s perspective of themselves,” Fay said. “We often see older siblings taking on the role of a parent to younger siblings. Ambassadors for Children is available to meet critical needs and provide opportunities for them to be kids again. A visit to the Kids’ Closet to receive clothing is only the first step to restore self-esteem.”
Fay went on, emphasizing that the non-profit also provides tutors and a tutoring room.
“Our foster kiddos soon find out there is a world of possibility available to them beyond basic clothing and hygiene needs,” Fay added.
In most instances, the case manager applies for beds, mattresses, karate, ballet, swim lessons, summer camp, replacement eye glasses, graduation expenses and so forth.
The clothing in the Kid’s Closet is brand new, as Ambassadors for Children strives to build self-esteem through giving away new items to children who never have had such an opportunity. The sense of self-worth experienced by the kids, when they try on new clothes for the first time, is priceless.
“We are so appreciative of the Price Cutter Charity Championship because it has played a significant role in providing critical needs for foster children in our community,” Fay said. “Through their support, Ambassadors for Children is building self-esteem in abused and neglected children so they can be empowered with opportunities to lead a successful future, breaking the family cycle of abuse and neglect.”