Participants in the Log Cabin Democrat’s Community Christmas Card may be surprised at how far their donation goes.

From what Faulkner County school teachers and counselors call the "Christmas money" or the "student fund," educators have been able to repair front teeth, buy new glasses and pay a family’s rent in hard financial times.

For the donation of at least $1, participants’ name or the name of their choice will appear alongside other community members’ in the Dec. 25 edition of the Log Cabin.

Numbers are slightly down this year, organizers at the Log Cabin have confirmed.

Log Cabin Editor Waylon Harris said, "We knew, given the shape of the economy, that this would be a tough year for the Community Christmas Card. But I can’t stress enough how important it is to many Faulkner County youth. While we’ve collected numerous donations from very generous individuals in the community, we’re still significantly behind where we’ve been in previous years. We know times are tough for lots of people in Faulkner County, but without their support, many local children won’t get the help they need next year. The program is truly a community effort, and we’re very thankful for the generous support folks have provided over the years. That’s why I’m confident that they’ll come through for our children once again this year."

Last year’s grand total reached more than $23,000. 

Local teachers have come to the end of that money at this time of year, according to counselors in Conway Public Schools.

Linda Jackson, Jim Stone Elementary counselor, said the school was able to pay for a doctor’s visit for a student this year.

"The student needed a bit of testing and we even paid for their medicine. They really needed a doctor’s evaluation," Jackson said.

Jackson said the fund was used to aid a family who had "fallen on hard times."

"We had a request to help a family stay in their apartment. Their rent was due and we had to help," Jackson said. "I also went and bought clothes for the children of a family at our school who needed new outfits with the season’s change."

Every penny of each dollar donated is forwarded to Faulkner County schools.

Donations may be made at the Log Cabin Democrat at 1058 Front St., by mailing them to Community Christmas Card, P.O. Box 696, Conway, Ark., 72033, or online through PayPal at