Members of the Desha County Compassionate Friends are making plans to join the National Compassionate Friends in the 21st Year Worldwide Candle lighting Remembrance from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont Drive in Dumas.

A short program of readings, musical selections by the DJHS and DNTHS choirs and others, will be presented. At 7 p.m. candles will be lighted in memory of all our children gone too soon. .. that their light will always shine, a spokeswoman said. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony. The Candle Light Reception is a gift to the bereaved parents and their families during this season of the year. Supportive friends are also invited to attend this event. There is no admission.

If you plan to attend, please let us know by Dec. 6, the name of the child/children for whom you will be lighting a candle and how many will be attending with you. Contact us at one of these numbers: 870-866-6985, (870)-382-4863, or 870-489-5905. or email:

A memorial roll with the children’s names and pictures will be displayed at the candle lighting.

Anyone who would like to have their child’s name on the memorial roll or picture on the Memory Board may mail the child’s name, birth date, death date, picture and parents’ name by Dec. 6, to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639. All pictures will be returned. You may also e-mail the picture and information to .

Desha County Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no membership fee. However, anyone who wishes to give a donation in memory of a child may do so. Checks may be made payable to Desha County Compassionate Friends and mailed to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P. O. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639.

Desha County Compassionate Friends Leaders are Hattie Watts and Gaye Brown.