Region 8 residents get locked up to help others - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Region 8 residents get locked up to help others

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

About 100 Region 8 residents spent their lunch hour behind bars Thursday, but they weren't locked for doing something bad.

Instead, they were hoping to do some good.

The jail birds raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by calling friends, families and coworkers to ask for donations.

The event was held at Skinny J's in downtown Jonesboro, and all of the money goes to help people in need here in Arkansas.

”We can donate it right here in this city,” fundraising coordinator Shelly Chaney said. “So, we've got clinics in Little Rock that everyone from Arkansas comes to see. We've got one of the only ALS certified clinics in the surrounding areas. We have a children's clinic that people see and departments that are specific to neurology, which is what these diseases kind of cover.”

Chaney said they couldn't provide families the services they do without support from the public.

“They wouldn't have access to hospital beds that they need, lifts that they need, showers that they need, things like that,” Chaney said. “They wouldn't have access to clinics that have specific departments for their disease.”

The MDA currently helps more than 900 families in Arkansas.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Sheriff's department investigates cemetery vandalism

    Sheriff's department investigates cemetery vandalism

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:55 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:55:33 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:01 AM EDT2017-09-21 04:01:12 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Craighead County cemetery experienced vandalism Tuesday night after someone drove over tombstones causing thousands of dollars in damage.

    A Craighead County cemetery experienced vandalism Tuesday night after someone drove over tombstones causing thousands of dollars in damage.

  • School district demands county to act on dangerous gravel road

    School district demands county to act on dangerous gravel road

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:36:53 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:53:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After several reported wrecks involving students on County Road 431 near the Valley View High School, the school district is desperately wanting a solution to the gravel road. According to Dr. Haley Fitzgerald, a grant writer for the  Valley View School District, at least nine wrecks have taken place on CR 431 in only two years.

    After several reported wrecks involving students on County Road 431 near the Valley View High School, the school district is desperately wanting a solution to the gravel road. According to Dr. Haley Fitzgerald, a grant writer for the  Valley View School District, at least nine wrecks have taken place on CR 431 in only two years.

  • Project shows what it's like having dementia, Alzheimer’s

    Project shows what it's like having dementia, Alzheimer’s

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:51:00 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphians who have loved ones suffering from dementia got the chance to take a walk in their shoes. 

    Memphians who have loved ones suffering from dementia got the chance to take a walk in their shoes. 

Powered by Frankly