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City employees donate to Quinton's House

BLUE RIBBON DONATION: Quinton's House volunteers, city employees and elected officials pose for a photo with their blue pinwheels inside Old Stoney after city employees presented their donation to Quinton's House.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and many city of Frankfort employees took it upon themselves to put their weight behind the cause through a donation of just over $1,400 to Quinton's House Child Advocacy Center on Wednesday afternoon inside Old Stoney.

Denise Barney, executive director of Quinton's House, was visibly moved by the generosity of the city employees.

“It is incredible,” Barney said. “The city has wrapped its arms around us. I am rarely at a loss for words, but it is overwhelming. I don't know what to say.”

Frankfort Community Development Director Annie Bacon emphasized that the entirety of the donation came from the pockets of city employees.

“We put it out to the departments and let them know we want to support Quinton's House this year, and the money we are giving to Quinton's House today is 100 percent an employee donation from across all departments, utilities included,” Bacon said. “They took money out of their own pockets to give to this great cause.”

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says that the kind gesture “says a lot about the caliber of city employees we have

“All of these individuals are great ambassadors for Frankfort and care about our most vulnerable,” McBarnes said. “I think the people of Frankfort can rest easy at night knowing that they have men and women of great integrity and character caring for this city.

“These guys and gals are really fantastic,” Director of Human Resources Jack Dodd said. “We ask them to do things in this community that, quite frankly, other people don't want to do. Then when we ask them to step up to the plate, they come through like this. It is them giving back to the community.”

A week ago, Barney was pleased to see a record crowd at the pinwheel planting that Quinton's House organized on the western lawn of the Clinton County Courthouse.

“I have had amazing volunteers going out and canvassing the county,” Barney said. “This year's donations have at least tripled what we have done in the past. Every single penny of this stays in Clinton County.”