Johnson County (Ark.) children in need will have greater access to necessities such as shoes, socks, underwear, and seasonal clothing thanks to a $4,250 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

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The gift was announced recently at Arvest Bank in Clarksville. Arvest associates Britney Wilkerson and Whitney Koenigseder were on hand to present the check to Monica Price, president of the Johnson County Youth Coalition (JCYC), and JCYC board member Holly Sanderson.

Johnson County Youth Coalition is a 100% volunteer-based organization dedicated to give school-age children access to clothing and basic needs,” Price said. “Many children in Johnson County are going to school without their basic needs being met. There are many children that do not have the luxury of having new clothes and shoes available for them at home. There are also many children within our own county who do not have water available at home; bathing and brushing their teeth at school. These funds will help us strive to support these children and lessen their burdens so that they will stay in school, receive their education, and give them a greater chance to be successful in life.”

“We are very pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Johnson County Youth Coalition’s efforts to give school-age children greater access to the essentials that they desperately need,” said Wilkerson, assistant branch manager at Arvest Bank.

“If you look at the statistics of students in our county, I believe you would be truly surprised how many students are homeless, not having a permanent residence. I am very proud of the Johnson County Youth Coalition for recognizing a need and working endlessly to provide for our local children.

“This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the region.”