Helping the Less Fortunate During the Holidays

November 21, 2006 -- Posted at 6:28 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- If you're looking for a way to help out the less fortunate this holiday season, there are many worthy organizations that are looking for volunteers and donations.

"All of the fundraising that we do go to support women and children that are escaping abusive situations," said Vicki Crego, director of the Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas.

Vicki Crego says they usually have a gift wrapping booth inside the Indian Mall.  With only a few stores left there that booth is no more, and it hasn't been relocated to The Mall at Turtle Creek.

"It was always a tremendously successful fundraiser for our organization raising anywhere from $9,000 to $10,000 during the season," said Crego.

A representative for The Mall at Turtle Creek said they needed a group who could have a gift wrapping booth open from the beginning of the holiday season to the end, and The Women's Crisis Center couldn't guarantee that.

"It's difficult to get coverage for the busy season of Christmas from early in the morning until the mall closes at night," said Crego.

The Mall at Turtle Creek does have a gift wrapping booth that is free for those who make their purchases inside the mall.

Another worthy group is the Salvation Army.  There are bell ringers posted throughout Region 8 including at K-Mart and J.C. Penney.

"At The Mall at Turtle Creek on the Barnes & Noble wing we have our 'angel tree' where individual can select a child off the tree," said Captain Craig Greenham of the Salvation Army.

Through the 'angel tree' area children in need are guaranteed a visit from a secret Santa.

The Salvation Army hopes to raise a total of $60,000 in their kettles in Region 8.

Target hasn't allowed the Salvation Army to have their red kettles outside their stores for several years, however, this year the company donated $1,000,000 to the organization.

In addition to that, Target is offering an ornament on their website, all the proceeds from that ornament will go to benefit the Salvation Army.

If you would like to donate to the Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas you can send donations to:

Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas
P.O. Box 721
Jonesboro, AR 72403