Thanks to hundreds of donations — and two very special ones — this year’s Community Christmas Card set a record. 

Donors offered nearly $26,200 to the program, which provides various types of aid to Faulkner County young people through the county’s school systems.

"It is overwhelming to see that in a year when most of what we hear about the economy and the fiscal future of our nation leads us to concern the generous donors to the Community Christmas Card gave more than ever," Log Cabin Democrat Publisher Rick Fahr said. "Every donation, from $1 to $5,000, helps toward the total, and every penny helps children in need. Thank you."

Two particularly large gifts helped push the total above last year’s $23,000. 

Conway firefighters graciously donated $5,000 of proceeds from their "Fill the Boot" program. 

Ellen Seay Roberts gave a total of $3,000 — $2,000 in honor of her father, Roy Seay, and $1,000 in honor of her entire family.

"What makes this program successful is that it connects adults with children on a personal level," Fahr noted. "Most of us had a difficult time of some sort growing up and can relate to needing a helping hand. The types of donations that some organizations and individuals give — from the firefighters and Mrs. Seay, especially — show a level of commitment to helping others that is heartwarming."