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Business helping CPS kids
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Ceres orthodontist Jeff Barton and his office staff are appealing to the public for items that may help children in their darkest hours.

The Hatch Road office is collecting items that will comfort children taken into the Child Protective Services (CPS) agency.

Lisa Barton, wife of Dr. Barton, said each day children are removed from their homes where they were abused or neglected, often without personal possessions.

"They may be without shoes, their favorite blanket or pillow - things that provide security and comfort," she said.

That's where the public can help out. Items that are donated, whether it is a coloring book or a pillow or blanket, will become the property of the children - not a borrowed item - as they await placement with foster parents.

"The folks at CPS are excited about this because they have no budget for these items," said Barton. "A lot of personnel use their own funds but a lot of times they're scrambling for things to use. This, we thought would serve a more immediate need, give them something tangible right away to hold onto because they're facing a lot of unknowns at that point. Our hope is that our donations will give them a sense of comfort and will make the child's transition a little easier."

Toys are not being sought, rather such things as small stuffed animals, crayons and coloring books, throw blankets, duffel bags, travel pillows, white sport socks, deodorants, hair brushes, notebooks, card games or other activity items. For babies, items that can be included are baby blankets, pacifiers, rattle type toys and toddler siz socks.

The office is accepting items at 2501 E. Hatch Road until Dec. 18. However, items may be donated after that date by calling Lisa at 602-1669. The office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.