On June 20, Donnie and Karen Lance, of the Salem office, presented a check for $4,329 to the Foster Parent Association of Fulton, Izard and Sharp Counties.
During the Fulton County Homecoming Festival, over Memorial Day weekend, the foster parent group ran a concession stand on the town square.
Modern Woodmen, which recruited some of its members to help out, offered to match the amount the Foster Parent Association raised at the concession stand, up to $2,000.
"We are allocated $2,500 a year for community projects and try to partner with organizations that help children or older folks," said Lance.
Foster children are youth who have been removed from their homes by the courts because of abuse, neglect or other safety concerns.
"This money will help us meet some of the extra needs that our kids have," said Vicki Bynum of Viola, who takes care of five foster children.
While state funds pay for the daily care of foster children, money is often tight for "extras," including clothing, back to school supplies and overnight bags, which foster children need when they go for family visitation.
"Providing day to day necessities is always a stuggle, so the money we raised will help," said Lee Ellis, a foster mother from Salem
In addition to the money raised and matched, the Foster Parents Association still hopes to fund a summer treat for their kids, like a trip to an amusement park.
The Foster Parent Association is a support group which brings parents and children together each month for fellowship and to allow foster parents to discuss common problems and how to deal with the physical and emotional needs of each child.
"At any given time there are 100 to 120 children in foster care in the three county area," said Foster Parent Association President Gary Phillips. "We currently have only 22 families taking children in."
Phillips said more families are needed across Arkansas to join the effort to help foster children.
"We always have a need for new foster parents. For a variety of reasons, some families decide to stop participating in foster care," said Phillips. "Some families who eventually adopt their foster children reduce their involvement."
The Call in Arkansas offers information on how to become a foster parent. It can be found online at: thecallinarkansas.org.
The Salem Modern Woodmen office presented its matching check during its monthly dinner for Woodmen members. With foster parents and children present, the Southfork Restaurant was filled with energy.
"It is great to see foster kids getting so much attention and so many people interested in their welfare," said Lance.