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Don't miss the 25th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza
Don't miss the 25th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)—Home builders and home decorators—big and small—are invited to participate in the 25th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, hosted by Treatment Homes Inc. It will be held at the Arkansas State Capitol on Dec. 9, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities will include a Holiday Coloring Contest, a Gingerbread House Decorating Competition, Celebrity Tour of Homes and Photos with Santa (2-3 p.m. only).

Pre-assembled gingerbread house kits are available for immediate pick-up from Treatment Homes at 700 W. Fourth Street in Little Rock. They are priced at $10/small, $25/large and $10/train. To enter the competition, participants must submit their entry forms (available from from www.treatmenthomes.org.) to Treatment Homes by Dec. 5 and deliver the decorated homes to the State Capitol on Dec. 9, between 8 and 9 a.m. No entry fee is required. Visitors to the Extravaganza in the afternoon will determine their favorite gingerbread houses and the winners of the Viewer’s Choice Awards.

Students Pre-K-5 may participate in the Holiday Coloring Contest, sponsored by Cabot Office Machines, which distributed thousands of coloring sheets to elementary schools in Central Arkansas. The deadline for submissions was Dec. 1. No entry fee was required and the winners will be determined by a jury of art students from Little Rock Parkview High School. Select entries will be on display at the Extravaganza.

The Gingerbread Extravaganza is hosted annually by Treatment Homes Inc. to raise funds to purchase Christmas presents for children in foster care.

Treatment Homes Inc. recruits and trains foster families to provide therapeutic support and treatment in a family setting to foster children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems. The mental health organization was founded in 1983 by a group of 13 foster parents and a professional social worker who recognized the successful combination of treatment and nurturing by professionally trained foster parents who are the primary therapeutic agents. THINC was one of the first organizations nationwide to achieve accreditation from the Council of Accreditation (COA), using the national treatment foster care standards. It achieved its third national re-accreditation by COA for four more years in 2010. Certified as a Child Placement Agency and accredited as an Outpatient Mental Health Facility, THINC is funded through contracts with the Department of Human Services, private donations and fundraising efforts.

(source: Treatment Homes, Inc.)


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