Group receives $406,000 grant to build children’s home in Andover

03/08/2013 3:52 PM

03/08/2013 4:28 PM

A children advocacy group announced Friday it has received a $406,000 private challenge grant to help build a children’s home in Andover.

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, a Delaware-based nonprofit, provided the grant.

Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation (SCARF) has been trying to raise $2.5 million to construct Sunshine Children’s Home to serve children from Butler, Elk and Greenwood counties who have been temporarily removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

Scarf has received $1.8 million in gifts, pledges and in-kind donations for the home, according to a news release. The organization will need to raise an additional $479,928 by January 2014 to secure the grant, the release said.

Land for the home near the Kansas Turnpike at the 21st Street exit has been donated by Andover’s Hope Community Church. The home would house up to 15 children at one time.

Currently, children in the three counties must be transported to Wichita for placement.

Donations for the home can be made at www.scarfks.org or by mail at SCARF, P.O. Box 967, El Dorado, KS. 67042. An annual SCARF fundraiser, Buckaroo Ball, will be April 21 at Murfin Stables, 14515 E. 13th St.

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