Group gives justice for holidays

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Friday the “Give a Child a Wish” program received a huge boost wish a significant Christmas donation. The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation made a donation of $500 to the fund to help them better serve the community through the holidays.

Demopolis City Councilman Thomas Moore, who plays a big role in the program, said he was happy to receive the donation.

“This is going to be very helpful,” Moore said. “This program is in its 13 year and we hopes to continue the good work.”

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Sue M. McInnish, Executive Director of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, said her organization seeks to help causes just like “Give a Child a Wish.”

“The mission of the Alabama civil Justice Foundation is to assist in removing barriers to a civil and just society for Alabama families and children,” McInnish said. “The foundation achieves its goals by providing financial assistance to worthwhile charitable organizations serving disadvantaged, disabled and at risk families and children and providing information and instruction beneficial to individual consumers and the larger community.”

McInnish said the foundation has accomplished a lot in their short tenure.

“It is truly exciting to see what the legal community in Alabama has been able to accomplish since 1993 through the ACJF,” McInnish said. “Most significant are the some 1,200 organizations in our state that have been helped by the ACJF in restoring and building opportunities for disadvantaged and at risk families and children: opportunities for a good education, god health, a job, shelter, safety and a happy successful future. The work of the ACJF is indeed lawyers helping people.”

The Alabama civil justice Foundation was created in April 1992 for the specific purpose of utilizing Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts. This group funds support to organizations providing Alabama citizens with access to these basic rights:

Eleven years from the time the first IOLTA remittance was received over $4,410336.92 has been dispersed to change the reality of hopelessness to hope for thousands of Alabamians.

The group operates under the principal that all citizens should be afforded access to certain basic rights such as food, shelter, clothing, a god education and the opportunity to earn a living.