Cheering up children

TOOELE, Utah — Traumatized children who are brought to the Children's Justice Center of Tooele will have a happier stay, thanks to the efforts of the young adults of the Tooele LDS Institute.

The young adults held a recent service project sawing, hammering and painting wooden crayon boxes to be given to the children who come to the center. The young adults have made and donated items for the center for the past three years.

Workers at the justice center were impressed with the creative painting of the boxes, and indicated that much of what they have at the center to help children has been donated by the community.

Darrell Smith, institute director, said that twice as many youth show up for service projects as for social activities. That speaks for the caliber of the youth today, he said.

The crayon boxes, along with a stuffed animal and homemade blanket, will be given to the children, said Carolyn Jensen, director of the center. "It is something for them to hang on to because they've been through a very traumatic situation and this is theirs. It cannot be taken away from them," she said. — Karen Hunt, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin