Make-A-Wish Roadblocks Held
Volunteers across Northeast Arkansas rolled-out Friday for the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser as the 2019 Have-A-Heart, Wish-A-Thon was held. Region-wide the event was a huge success with nearly $375,000 raised. The two local efforts had mixed results, as sleet and freezing rain hampered the roadblock efforts.
Beginning the day with nearly $7,000 raised from the daddy-daughter dance, the Piggott committee reports they eclipsed their goal of $12,000 with a total of just over $14,700.
“We did really good early in the morning,” Piggott area chair Geraldine Crawford noted. “Mayor Travis Williams and Piggott Police Chief Jeremi Wicker worked the first hour and brought in over $900.”
Throughout the remainder of the day local volunteers, including dozens of Piggott High School students out for winter break, manned the new location at the stop light.
“This new spot at the stoplight has really worked out well for us, we're seeing a lot more traffic. And next year Cox Lumber Company said they'll even come out and make burgers on the parking lot if we want them to,” Crawford added.
Working from the locations in the parking lots of Cox Lumber and the nearby Sonic, dozens of volunteers canvassed all four directions of the busy intersection.
In addition to Crawford, the Piggott Make-a-Wish committee includes Mistie Gossett, Debbie Harrell, Kim Donner and Jenna Mobley.
Meanwhile, this year's Rector effort was hampered by both the weather and illness as they struggled to meet the success of past fundraisers.
“We did a total of $6,926.02 this year, which was down a lot from last year when we raised over $12,000,” long time volunteer Letecia Dooley offered. “There was an issue getting enough volunteers due to all the illness going around, and the weather really hurt the roadblock. There were just not that many people out and about.”
Dooley noted the Rector school kids raised $1,179 toward the effort as they sold stars and had a coin drive. Rector High School students also assisted, and provided manpower despite the bad weather.
“I want to thank the ACE Leadership group, Flash Market for providing us with drinks all day, all our volunteers and of course, everyone who donated,” Dooley added. “We're already working on ways we can do better for next year and hope to add an event.”
The regional total for all of Northeast Arkansas for this year's Wish-A-Thon was $374,556.