Blount County children a part of Christmas at Governor’s mansion

Tiauna Shannon, intern with Child Protect, the child advocacy center in Montgomery, adds ornaments to the Christmas tree in the Governor’s mansion.

Tiauna Shannon, intern with Child Protect, the child advocacy center in Montgomery, adds ornaments to the Christmas tree in the Governor’s mansion.

The Blount County Children’s Center and 34 other child advocacy centers across Alabama were invited to decorate a Christmas tree for the Governor’s mansion. Together they decided to use children’s handprints as the theme, to represent abused children who received care and support from the child advocacy centers across the state.

The Blount County Children’s Center staff asked 10 of their client children to make their handprint in their own unique style using paint, glitter, and such. These were laminated, combined with those from 340 other Alabama children, and placed on the tree in the Governor’s mansion.

Executive director Jim Ed Clayton said, “We count it an honor and privilege to be a part of the Christmas celebration for the state of Alabama. We thank Gov. Ivey for allowing the state’s child advocacy centers to have a prominent place, as a small representation of the 7,000-plus children who receive services each year through our network of child advocacy centers.”

The Governor’s mansion is open to the public for Christmas tours throughout the holiday season.