Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation is nearing the end of their capital campaign for a children’s home.

Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation is nearing the end of their capital campaign for a children’s home.

The home, Sunlight Children’s Home, will be located in Andover on land donated to SCARF by Hope Community Church.

To help wrap up the campaign SCARF is offering Kansas tax credits totaling $195,000. With this, donors get a 70 percent tax credit on their donation.

SCARF has 18 months to sell the tax credits, although they hope to do it sooner than that so they can start construction on the children’s home.

So far, they have raised $2.1 million, leaving $385,000 to reach their $2.5 million campaign goal.

“It has gone so well,” said Suzi Thien, SCARF executive director.

Although they don’t have a lot of really big donations, they have a lot of donors who have added up quickly.

“Every little bit helps,” she said, explaining they have one person who sends a $15 check every few months.

Thien said most of their money has come from individual donors and they have made many friends along the way.

“Child abuse is a very unpleasant topic to talk about,” Thien said. “We all want to think it doesn’t happen in our town.”

But statistics show that it does.

Thien believes they have received such good support because people can see it really is going to happen and because the Children’s Advocacy Center has been viable.

In addition to raising money, this also gives them the opportunity to spread awareness about child abuse.

“We feel every person we can make aware of situations helps,” she said.

The home will be able to house 15 kids. It is a little under 9,000 square feet.

“We will not start construction until we have all of the gifts and pledges in hand,” Thien said. “I would love to see us start building before the end of this year.”

Anyone wanting to make a donation can visit www.scarfks.org and pay through Paypal or mail a check to P.O. Box 967, El Dorado, KS 67042. For more information, call 313-4107.