PHOTOS: SCARF Work Day

Members of the Andover Rotary Club recently participated in a work day to help upgrade the facilities of the Sunlight Children's Advocacy and Rights Foundation. The group operates a Children's Home east of Andover, and has been working to erect an iron fence that will surround the facility.

Sunshine Children’s Home is located on land donated by Hope Community Church just off the Kansas Turnpike at the 21st Street exit, in Andover – 1918 N. Prairie Creek Rd. It can house up to 15 children. The official open date was October 27, 2014. SCARF completed a $2.5 million capital campaign for the construction of the home. The annual fundraiser, The Buckaroo Ball of Butler County, also supports this and other operations of SCARF.

"All too often, children have to be taken into temporary protective custody until either a healthy reintegration into the family can be accomplished or other longer term arrangements can be made." SCARF officials said via their website. "Sunshine Children’s Home provides a temporary residence for these children, closer to home, and without separating them from their siblings."

Sunshine Children’s Home is a project of the Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation (SCARF). The children’s home provides temporary residential services primarily for children who reside in the 13th judicial district, comprised of Butler, Elk, and Greenwood counties. These children have unique needs and come from rural areas. We believe, when these children are faced with hardships grievous enough to warrant their removal from their homes and caregivers, they are best served by caring professionals in their own community.

In addition to help with their facilities, SCH’s current needs include new toys for all ages, toys that can be sent with children in their bag/backpack, puzzles for young children, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, trucks, new coloring books, adult coloring books, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, journals, brainteaser puzzles, anything from the movie Frozen, anything Minecraft, toddler clothes, sweatpants and basketball shorts for teens, individual snacks, animal crackers, fish crackers, deodorant, hairbrushes, laundry detergent, and dishwasher soap. For more information about current needs, please contact the administrators at 316-733-6700 or beahma@scarfks.org

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In affiliation with Rotary International, Rotary Club of Andover (RCA) is a group of passionate business and professional members who coordinate our collective experience, career skills and enthusiasm to improve our community through meaningful service projects. It sounds all too familiar, but having fun while doing those things is the ARC differentiator. After all, nobody said making a difference couldn’t be fun. We meet on the first three Thursdays of the month (and the fifth Thursday when there is one) at noon at Terradyne Country Club in Andover. We share a delicious buffet lunch together while having an informative program, usually with a guest speaker from the community.