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Christmas Card Fund helps students victimized by fires


Brenda Melton, an assistant superintendent in the Watson Chapel School District, says The Commercial’s annual Christmas Card Fund helps improve the lives of needy children in the district.

In particular, Melton said the fund has helped students who have been affected by house fires.

“It’s so sad,” she said. “Imagine some of these kids getting out with nothing but the clothes on their back. Many times they are unable to return to school. But we can use the funds to buy what they need.”

The Christmas Card Fund is made possible through the generosity of The Commercial’s readers. As of the close of business Friday, this year’s fund stood at $1,826.

The money collected through the fund will be divided among the four public school districts in Jefferson County. The Commercial does not retain any of the money to cover administrative costs.

In addition to helping students who have lost possessions in home fires, Melton said the Watson Chapel district has purchased many school uniforms, shoes, and school supplies for children. She recalled a foster child who came to school in need of glasses. The assistant principal met the agency representative at a local optical store, carrying money from the Christmas Card Fund. The child was able to get an eye examination and glasses.

“This money helps so many kids,” Melton said. “It’s just wonderful.”

Contributions to the Christmas Card Fund may be made to Pine Bluff Commercial, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. You may also bring your donations to The Commercial office, 300 S. Beech St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Those who give at least $1 may have their names placed on a Community Christmas Card to be printed in The Commercial before Christmas.