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CJS to hold event to help those in need

Comprehensive Juvenile Services will have a Christmas luncheon and bake sale Dec. 6 to raise money for area families in need.

CJS staff will prepare a lunch of chili or beef stew with salad, cornbread or crackers and a drink for $7, said Amanda Deaton with CJS.

This is the sixth year for the luncheon fundraiser, which will be held at the Fort Smith office at 1606 S. J St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deaton said. Delivery also can be scheduled, she said.

Money from the lunch and a concurrent bake sale will go for the CJS Christmas Family Project.

“All proceeds for the luncheon and bake sale we use to provide Christmas for families that might not otherwise get a Christmas,” Deaton said.

Families are given groceries for the holiday season and presents for each member, she said. The food and presents will go to the families’ homes Dec. 20.

Last year the luncheon raised $1,913.62 and CJS staff were able to help six families - a total of 24 adults and children, Deaton said. They were able to spend almost $80 on each member.

Families that receive the Christmas donations are chosen by a committee of CJS staff from their active case loads, Deaton said. Staff do well at determining families that are in real need and will truly appreciate the help, she said.

“Last year we were able to adopt every single family that was submitted,” she said.

Staff prepare food for the luncheon and bake sale themselves, as well as offer donated bake sale items. Special baked items also can be requested, Deaton said.

Local businesses that donate items for the bake sale or family include Lowe’s, Paul’s Bakery, Craig’s Family Bakery, Shoe Carnival and Walmart.

To request a special baked item or schedule a lunch delivery, call (479) 785-4031 by 3 p.m. on Dec. 4.

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