Conway Optimist Club’s Project Angel Tree gift adoption is coming to a close.
At this time, there are only a few angels left hanging on the Christmas tree at the Log Cabin Democrat offices at 1111 Main Street in Conway.
The Optimist Club will begin picking up presents from local businesses Tuesday and will begin preparing them for distribution to the families on Thursday, Dec. 19 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Hendrix Wellness and Athletics facility at the corner of Harkrider Street and Siebenmorgen Road.
This year the community has adopted more than 500 children and helped almost 200 families provide presents under their Christmas trees, said Cynthia Crabb, organizer.
The children benefitting are up to 14 years of age.
The families are registered and qualified through the Community Action Program of Central Arkansas, a United Way agency.
They must meet guidelines of income and are required to present social security numbers.
Parents are asked to provide clothing and shoe sizes as well as a special wish, so that the donor has sufficient information to purchase the gifts.
The giving level is suggested at $40 per child.
Once registered all children are guaranteed to receive gifts.
"I appreciate the time and support that the community gives to this project. The Optimist Club is proud to be able to facilitate a program to help these children, but could not do it without the support of local businesses, their employees and many other community members," Crabb said. "We also appreciate the help from CAPCA during the month of November with registration and also Hendrix for the generosity in the use of their facility for three days."
If any would still like to participate in the program, an angel can be chosen from the tree at the Log Cabin Democrat Monday, but the presents will need to be bought, wrapped and returned on Tuesday.
For additional information, contact Cynthia Crab, Log Cabin business and human resources manager, at 501-505-1216.