Release Date: 12/2/2010
Clarksville, Ark. --- Sears is teaming up with the University of the Ozarks Women (UOW) to help ensure that Christmas is a little more enjoyable for families in need throughout Johnson County.
The Clarksville Sears store has committed to donate 2 percent of net sale proceeds from Saturday, Dec. 4, to UOW’s Christmas Angels project. Christmas Angels has been in existence for 17 years and provides gifts of toys and clothing for children newborn to age 18 in Johnson County from families with financial need. Parents and guardians of these children applied for the program through the local Department of Human Services.
Sears’ philanthropic endeavors are a part of a national effort to help local communities, according to Clarksville Sears store manager Joe Holder.
“Every Sears store is able to pick a local charity to help and when we found out about the Christmas Angles project and how many children in the area it was helping, we wanted to be a part of it,” Holder said. “We feel like it’s a very worthwhile project and that it’s a wonderful way for us to give back to the community.”
Holder said the charity event will tie in when Sears’ Very Merry Super Sale that is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4.
“Hopefully, we will have a lot of people here and will be able to make a nice donation to the Christmas Angels project,” he said.
Last year, the Christmas Angels Project served an all-time high of 883 children from 372 families in Johnson County. More than 30 UOW members and 50 students at the university are expected to volunteer their time in the project. For more information on the Christmas Angels Project, or to make a gift or monetary donation, please contact the University of the Ozarks at 979-1215.