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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.

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