Christmas Season at Hand
With the arrival of Thanksgiving the holiday season is now in full swing, and the many related activities and efforts.
The staff of the Clay County Department of Human Services is currently accepting names of those who may be in need of assistance during the holiday season. The long-standing program seeks to help children age 15 years old and younger, and they'll be accepting applications through Sunday, Dec. 4
"Last year we were able to help 195 children throughout Clay County," noted DHS county administrator Annette Dutka. "This is a great effort for clubs, church groups or individual families. And, the reward is immeasurable."
Under the program the DHS staff members match children, and families, with those willing to help.
"We prefer those that are doing the adopting to purchase the gifts, wrap them and deliver them," Dutka added. "But, if they can't deliver them they can arrange to meet the families in our office."
In years past volunteer "elves" have also helped deliver the donations, including members of the Mohawk football team.
"We also accept monetary donations if purchasing and delivering items is not an option," Dutka added. "Our goal is to have every name on the list adopted, and items delivered, by Dec. 18."
An effort which has been carried out for over 30 years, the DHS Christmas program has helped hundreds of families in a time of need.
"Without the generosity of Clay County residents, churches, clubs, organizations and businesses this would not be possible, Dutka added. "In the past we had children that did not get adopted--but, last year we had an "angel" step-up and provide the funds to complete our list."
Those interested in adopting/sponsoring a child or family, or wanting additional information, may call the DHS office in Piggott at 870 598-2282, or stop by 187 North Second Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.
"This year I'd like to encourage everyone to dig a little deeper, and help make this the happiest Christmas ever for the children of Clay County," she surmised.
The annual Rector Christmas Parade and Reception is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.
The event is sponsored each year by the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce.
Beginning in downtown Rector, the parade route then follows the highway until it concludes near the community center. That is the location of the reception, which includes Christmas music by the Rector Public Schools music department.
Cookies and hot chocolate are served at the reception.
The chamber will present $100 to the best float in the parade and $25 for the best-decorated street ornament.
Persons or groups wanting to participate in the parade may telephone event coordinator Christina Boyd at 595-2300.
The chamber also is sponsoring a Christmas decorating contest this year. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the best exterior residential lighting display within the Rector community. A $100 prize also will be awarded to the best decorated business.
To be eligible an entry form must be submitted to the Rector Water Department office by Dec. 9. The winner will be announced the following week.
Piggott Christmas Fest
The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce is still booking vendor space for the annual Christmas Fest, set for Saturday, Dec. 10, on the square in downtown Piggott. For this year the popular holiday event has been moved-back from Sunday to Saturday, and will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Afterward, the annual Christmas Parade will be held around 5. Individuals and groups wanting to book a space may call the chamber office at 870 598-3167, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the depot building during regular business hours.Santa will be his new house from 2 pm to 4:30 when he leaves for the parade. Please bring your own camera or phone for photos. The parade starts at the grade school @ 4:30 and goes west to the Baptist Church. Please sign up when you get there. The bicycles will be given away after the parade and you have to be present to win. Everyone is also reminded to make plans to attend this year's Piggott Christmas Fest and Christmas Parade.