This time of year everyone should feel the magic of the season, however this is not the case for those families who are working, forced to live pay day to pay day with no means in sight for anything more than keeping the bills paid and food on the table. For the most part, it is through the generosity of others that helps those struggling make it through.
However, there is something to be said about that generosity for the act of giving can prove just as rewarding. And there are so many different ways to give. Whether it be donating money, food or clothing, or just volunteering your time. In the end one is just as rewarding as the other. Locally, there are several ways to give. Each year, schools in the White Hall District conducts an Angel Tree program in an effort to the help some of the families who are struggling and would otherwise, not be able to have a Christmas. An Angel Tree can be found at each school. At the elementary level, families can adopt an “angel” by picking an ornament from the tree in the front office. Each ornament will have a number on it that represents a child as the names of the children are kept confidential. Once an ornament is chosen, you will be given a card with the clothing sizes and a toy preference. There are still several angels left on the tree at Taylor Elementary School that need to be adopted. At the senior high level, student council members are selling the angels in the school cafeteria for $3 for one angel or $5 for two angels. The money collected will be given to families in need.
The White Hall Police Officer’s Association is also a large contributer to the Angel Trees this time of year. Churches and other organizations including the cub scouts and day cares have also been busy collecting food. There are also several places acroses the city that also serve as drop off points for the White Hall Food Pantry including the White Hall Fire Department, The White Hall Journal and the White Hall Dollar General Store location.
A Coat Drive is still underway as well. State Farm Agent, Alyson Bradford and Stitch-N-Clean have partnered up this year for a coat drive to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor.
Gently used coats, without any rips or tears, can be dropped off at one of the one of the Stitch-n-Clean locations, in White Hall, Dollarway and on Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, where they will clean the coats and have them ready to wear. Coats will be accepted until Dec. 21. For more information on the coat drive, call Mary Conley at 870-247-9444.
After all, Christmas should be a special time for everyone.
More information on how to adopt an angel in the school district can be obtained by calling any of the respective schools.
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Moody Elementary -247-4363
Taylor Elementary -247-1988
Hardin Elementary - 501-397-2450
Hardin Middle School - (501) 397-2253
White Hall Middle School - 247-2711
White Hall High School - 247-3255
For more information about the White Hall Food Pantry contact Robin Bolen at 870-247- 3124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.