The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 12, 2012

L&P gives $150,000 to Children’s Haven for new house

Leggett & Platt Inc. has donated $150,000 to Children’s Haven toward a new house that will double the number of children it can accommodate at one time.

The $150,000 is part of the Carthage manufacturer’s $1 million pledge to assist Joplin after the tornado on May 22, 2011.

Stephanie Theis, director of Children’s Haven, said the donation will go toward Building Hope, a $1.5 million project to build a new house and increase the capacity of the center’s two houses to 24 children. The new house, being built just south of the existing house at Seventh Street and Picher Avenue, will open in 2013. That also is the 10th anniversary for Children’s Haven.

Children’s Haven provides safe overnight care for children from infancy to age 17 when their parents are under stress or in a crisis situation, Theis said.

Theis said this is not a one-time donation from Leggett & Platt.

“Leggett & Platt has been an integral supporter since our inception,” Theis said. “It’s a reflection of their continued relationship with us.”

She said the Children’s Haven beds are from Leggett & Platt.

Theis said the need for the center’s services has increased since the tornado.

“We have seen a sustained 40 percent increase in our services since the tornado,” she said. “As stress lingers, child abuse and neglect will rise. Currently, our physical space limits the number of children we serve.”

Jared Lightle, human resources specialist with Leggett & Platt, said the company is pleased to be able to make the donation.

“We couldn’t be happier to have an opportunity to help out,” he said. “The mission of the Children’s Haven is such a wonderful thing. They provide such an important service to the community.”

Past Leggett & Platt donations have included $100,000 to Lafayette House, donations to Habitat for Humanity and sponsorship of a benefit basketball game.

The pledge

Jared Lightle, Leggett & Platt human resources specialist, said the biggest portion of the company’s $1 million pledge has been spent or allocated, but some money remains for other projects.

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