For many, this time of year isn't very happy because times are tough.
We are here to try and help. We've teamed up with Lewis Chrysler Dodge in Fayetteville, your local Walmart neighborhood markets and supercenters, and several other business friends to provide some "Holiday Help".
Do you know someone that needs a little Holiday Help?
Tell us about them and why they need help in 250 words or less. Please make sure to include all of YOUR contact info along with theirs.
Remember, don't tell them you're writing us! We'd like to surprise them.
Feeling generous? Would you still like to donate something to a family in need?
Click the button below to get started. Remember to include all of your contact info along with what you'd like to donate. Unfortunately we can't accept cash, but gift cards work great! Think Walmart, toy stores, and anything along those lines. We'll do our best to find a home for whatever it is you care to donate.
Thanks for providing a little Holiday Help!
Thank you so much!
While we filter through all of our submissions, click through some of the stories from last year. We've got them all listed below.
I came in the other day and was wanting to talk to you about my sister and her husband and the accident he was in. But you werent in. He was cutting fire wood and the tree kicked back and hit him, causing him to break his back. I made it to him before first responders and ambulance. He was just laying there with blood on his face, he couldnt move and was asking me to take him home. I suppose because he couldnt feel anything. I beat the ambulance to the hospital, I took my sister because she cant drive...
We had Johnna trick Linda into coming to Power 105.7 where we surprised her with a gift card so she could help to take care of her sister, brother in law, and the kids. Say some prayers for these guys.
We're hearing so many crazy stories of people who need help from all over Northwest Arkansas. Here's a great email from Katrina about a family that has gone through a LOT over the past few weeks.
(Jeff, Batrina, Sean, and Tim)
I am writing to appeal to your generosity, to help Sean and his family during this difficult time in their life. I am in the Materials group at La-Z-Boy manufacturing plant in Siloam Springs. Sean and his twin brother, Kerry are long term employees and the entire La-Z-Boy team would love to see this family receive a blessing from your Holiday Help event. Below is a brief summary.
This past weekend the accident occurred near Gravette, out close to the MO state line. Sean and his 16 year old son Brandon were attempting to move a bulky extension ladder onto the eve of the house while painting. A power transmission line runs very near to the house. During the move, the wind gusted or in some way Sean and Brandon lost control of the ladder that was extended high into the air, and the ladder fell onto the power lines. Brandon, who was standing on the bottom rung of the ladder was knocked off the ladder by the power surge and received minor burns to his feet and some cuts and bruises.
Sean however, took between 7,000 and 14,000 volts of current into his hands, through his torso, and out through his feet into the ground. Sean was knocked unconscious and was not breathing. His wife Batrina performed CPR until help arrived, which saved his life. He is currently being treated at St. Francis in Tulsa, in ICU (critical condition), were he is being kept under sedation. Occasionally, Sean awakes from the moderate sedation, and responds to friendly voices like his wife and twin brother Kerry. He has a long and uncertain road to recovery ahead.
The major needs for the family would be help with house hold bills, medical bills, help with paying for the stay in the Tulsa area, food and travel to Tulsa while he is in the hospital. Also with everything going on, help with Christmas would be very helpful. They have 4 Children, 3 boys and 1 girl.
Thanks in advance for your generosity and of course your prayers.
Thanks to Wal-Mart, we have a gift card for these guys to help a bit with the holidays. But as Batrina told us, the most important gift is the fact that Sean and their son are ok. To put things in perspective a bit, here's a pic of where the electricity LEFT SEAN'S HEAD.
This a picture from a group of folks that work in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. The woman in the middle is named Lisann and she is from Farmington. Lisann is very special to all of the folks that work there.
Sarah sent us an email about Lisann:
Lisann is a single mom of three amazing kids. She works full time nights as an ER tech at Mercy in Rogers. Lisann is the hardest working person I know. She always strives to do her best and gives 150%. Not only is she a hard worker but would give the shirt off her back for her family and friends. Speaking of her back....Lisann needs back surgery desperately. She is postponing the surgery in St. Louis until the spring so her oldest child will able to drive and work to help support their family. Lisann would NEVER ask for help. So as her work family and friends, we are coming together to nominate her. We help her wherever and whenever we can, but can only do so much on our own. Lisann needs work on her vehicle, she drives 35 minutes to work, and her vehicle right now is only safe to drive in town and is difficult for her to keep up on the gas for the long distance driving at least 4 times a week. So, a few of us have been taking her to work on the nights we work together. This bothers her. She is a proudful, strong, and determined woman who wants to do all of this on her own. But you see, she can't. I don't know of anyone that could without assistance. Lisann does not receive any kind of financial or food assistance.
PLEASE help Lisann for the holidays!!!!!!!
Thanks to our friends at Lewis Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Fayetteville we were able to hook Lisann up with the service department in order to take care of her car. We also gave her a $200 gift card to take care of her holiday shopping at a Walmart Supercenter, Neighborhood Market, or Express Store.
Lisann is a perfect example as to why we do Holiday Help. She always helps others, never thinking of herself. Good thing she has co-workers he can see her shine even when she's down. Lisann totally deserved it. What an awesome bunch of people!
The woman on the right is Hailey. She's mom to baby Zalen (in the baby carrier.) The woman on the left is Hailey's mom Cynthia.
They've hit hard times because of Twinkies.
No seriously. Dad worked for Hostess in Springdale and was just laid off with the Hostess liquidation news. Hailey wanted to help her hard working family out. She sent us the following email:
My mother and father just moved into a new rental home in September after their house of 20 years was repossessed by the bank. About a week ago, my father and brother who both live with my mother lost their jobs with Hostess in the liquidation. Now, all the monetary responsibilities fall on my mother, who is a lunch lady that gets paid only monthly (they were acustomed to weekly paychecks). They never had much money to begin with, but now things are really tight. It would help my mom to have either bills paid so she can go Christmas shopping, or to be given gift cards to go Christmas shopping so she can pay her bills. Thank you!
We loved her story and decided to surprise Cynthia.
Thanks to Walmart, we were able to hook her up with a $200 gift card. She used that to immediately buy a WHOLE bunch of Christmas presents for her cash-strapped family...
Who needs Twinkies when you have a great family like Cynthia and Hailey!
UA STUDENT HELPS EVERYONE BUT HIMSELF
Erin sent us the following email,
Collin Jackson is a full-time student who works 3 jobs, volunteers constantly, works up in Rogers and commutes constantly, and has the most giving heart of anyone I know. Collin's entire family is from Auburn Alabama and his grandma fell sick with a 90% heart blockage over Thanksgiving. On top of this, his grandpa ended up with a life threatening infection, and his uncle got hospitalized for liver failure. He ended up spending all of the money that he had saved for rent and Christmas gifts on gas to get to and from Auburn, and helping his family once he got down there. I now watch him stress over his inability to bless his family with Christmas presents or even get close to paying his own rent, but still give change to the Salvation Army because his heart is filled with giving. Collin Jackson is exactly what this contest is about, and deserves a little help this holiday season. I can't imagine what would happen to him if his $250 rent cost was covered for this month so that he could pay rent, or if this contest could help him at least get closer to getting enough money to pay his bills. Any amount would help!! Thank you for listening and remember, Collin Jackson is a cause that you want to support, because he is a cause that will always support you back!!
We agree that Collin is a great dude. We decided to hook him up with a $200 Walmart gift card to help with Christmas this year. We also found out that Erin and Collin were a NEW COUPLE!
Collin is a great example of what giving to others is all about.