As the Commercial’s Christmas Card Fund enters its final days before wrapping up another year, officials at the Dollarway School District are reflecting on how it benefits needy students there.


The newspaper has sponsored the annual fund, which allows donors to make contributions, for the past 30 years. The newspaper collects the money and distributes it among the Dollarway, Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel and White Hall school districts based on student enrollment. No money is kept for administrative reasons.


Dollarway Superintendent Barbara Warren thanks people for giving money to help her students. She is also asking Dollarway students and employees who can afford to give money to do so.


“It is helping a great deal. Like all districts, we have families who are in need,” Warren said. “We have provided uniforms, eyeglasses, medicines, school supplies, things that you could not purchase with regular operating funds. It has been a great help and a blessing to our district thanks to the Pine Bluff Commercial’s hard work.”


“This year we are making it a point to help other people in need to make sure our patrons have an opportunity to donate,” Warren said. “Our internal deadline for donations within our district is [Thursday]. Our family engagement coordinator Candice Jones is spearheading the donations along with our social worker.”


Anyone who gives at least $1 will have his or her name placed on a “Community Christmas Card” to be published in the Commercial on Christmas Eve.


The deadline to give money is Monday, Dec. 18, for donors who want to make contributions and have their names listed on the Community Christmas Card. Donations should be made to the Christmas Card Fund, care of the Pine Bluff Commercial, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Donations may also be hand-delivered to The Commercial at 300 S. Beech St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.