Ted Hall (pictured), the chairman of Christmas Brings Hope in Independence County, told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman this morning that the non-profit organization is seeking more monetary donations this year due to the pandemic.
Hall said the program is restricted from accepting canned goods because of COVID-19 and all of the handling involved with accepting canned food. Because of this, Christmas Brings Hope will need to purchase the canned food in bulk where there is less handling.
According to Hall, the program preps 1,000 boxes of food each holiday season for those less fortunate in the community. Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, Hall said the program will still plan on preparing that many boxes this year with good, nutritional food.
The restrictions have also ruled out the standard delivery of the boxes from firemen, policemen, and others. Instead, the boxes will be picked up by those who filled out an application for Christmas Brings Hope on Dec. 12. A postcard notification will be mailed to all the applicants on when to pick up their particular box. Pickups will be distributed from North Heights Church of Christ, 200 Warrior Rd., in Batesville.
The drive for funds is still in progress, and more donations are needed this year, said Hall. Monetary donations can be made to the group’s treasurer, Karen Shaw, at Citizens Bank in Batesville
Get up-to-date local and regional news along with the latest sports and weather every weekday morning by listening to Gary B. on Ozark Newsline, broadcast from the First Community Bank Newsroom on Arkansas 103.3. White River Now updates are also aired weekday mornings on 93 KZLE, Outlaw 106.5, and Your FM 99.5. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email White River Now at email@example.com. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Add don’t forget to download the White River Now mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.