Giving a few dollars for The Commercial’s Christmas Card Fund may not seem like much, but a little means a lot to some children in area schools.

The annual fundraiser has been beneficial to children in need in the Dollarway School District, a spokeswoman said citing examples at one school.

“Students and families at James Matthews Elementary School have benefited from the Christmas Card Fund in the following ways: Students received much-needed uniforms and a student received a new pair of eyeglasses to replace the ones that were accidentally broken,” she said.

For 31 years, The Commercial has sponsored the annual Christmas Card Fund to help Jefferson County School districts provide essentials for students such as eyeglasses, shoes, coats, uniforms or to help a child’s family after a house fire or other issue.

Every year, we give the community a chance to make donations to the Christmas Card Fund which helps children in the Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel, Dollarway and White Hall school districts. No money is kept for administrative reasons. The fund is distributed among the districts by student population.

We are thankful that donations come from various sources. Sometimes school children fill containers with change for their donation. Businesses may give end-of-the-year contributions. At other times sororities, fraternities, civic groups, families or individuals give to the fund.

If you give at least $1 by Dec. 17, your name will be printed on the Community Christmas Card, which is published every year at Christmas time.

Donations should be made to the Christmas Card Fund, care of the Pine Bluff Commercial, P.O. Box 6469, Pine Bluff, AR, 71611. Contributions may also be hand-delivered to The Commercial at 300 S. Beech St. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Details: or 870-534-3400, ext. 1202, 1211 or 1214.