United Way of Independence County calling out all local Santas

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The United Way of Independence County needs a few more people to provide gifts this Christmas for local children in need.

This year, the United Way plans to help about 1,000 children through its local Angel Tree Project, though there are still 240 kids without any gifts.

Vonda Oberbeck, executive director, says there is still a little time left to give back this holiday season.

"We're putting an all-points bulletin to those Santas that are out there," Oberbeck said. "If they want to come and shop for a specific child, we welcome that, the adoption of that child, and we also welcome cash donations so that our volunteers can go out and shop on your behalf."

Oberbeck says the deadline to assist these children through the Angel Tree project is this Friday by noon.

The United Way says it needs to adhere to that deadline to adequately prepare for the gift distribution scheduled next Thursday.

If families are still unsure if they need to pick up gifts that day, they can visit the First Community Bank branch in Batesville to find out more this Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

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