SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Christmas is quickly approaching us, and some Arkansans are wondering how they will be able to provide presents for their children.
One Searcy church is doing what they can to help and join the ranks of our Hero Central. Last year they saw more than a thousand people come through their doors looking for food and clothes. This year, with the economy, they expect to see even more.
Valley Baptist church expects large crowds to come by Saturday morning. David Wilson works with the outreach and says this is a way the congregation can make a difference in others' lives. "We try to reach everybody and assess what they need through the nurses and doctors, we will also have 12 beauticians out here to give hair cuts to people, and last year we gave out over 100 haircuts to people."
Medical Experts will be on hand offering services like flu shots, blood sugar tests, dental screenings and scoliosis tests. Volunteers are busy working to make sure everything is ready to go tomorrow. The church turned classrooms into miniature department stores, with clothing racks. More than 500 coats are up for grabs, they also have socks, school supplies and some toys divided up by age groups.
The church also has activities planned for children, they can get their Christmas picture made then create a frame to give to their parents on Christmas morning, they will also receive a stocking like this with games and fruit. The church partnered with Feed the children to provide food and essential items like cleaning supplies and shampoo. Each family will receive a box of food and another box with supplies. More than 100 people volunteer to help this outreach run smoothly. James Hays Pastors the church and says this is something they look forward to every year. "We're able to help others but it's a blessing to us because Jesus says its more blessed to give than to receive and we have seen that for the last 8 years and that's why we continue to do it."
The event starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and goes until noon. They suggest you show up early so you can get in line, they will also bring out hot chocolate to people while they wait outside.