Adopting A Dad in Russellville

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Father’s Day is special for children and their dads. But what about those fathers who are far away or unable to spend this special time with their children?

Friday, firefighters and police kicked off “Adopt a Dad” at Michild Enrichment Center in Russellville to put father figures into the lives of children who may not have them.

Russellville Police Chief Tom McMillen is a busy man, making calls and chasing bad guys. But Friday, he wore a different hat.

“We’re out here interacting with the children in our community,” McMillen said at the center. “We’re representing Father’s Day and are a presence and a father figure for some of these children.”

Kara Cobb came up with the “Adopt a Dad” idea after seeing many dads weren’t able to make it out to the Father’s Day party.

“This [gives] the children who have no one in their lives…someone there for them, and they can see the fire department, police officers as heroes and someone they can turn to.”

Many kids gave the officers gifts and drawings.

McMillen has three grown children, but Friday he had an extra 3-year-old.

“I don’t have any grandchildren yet, so this kind of gives me some reminiscing of my children where they were younger,” the police chief said “