Many children throughout Clark County will be having a Merry Christmas thanks to former Sen. Percy Malone, AllCare Pharmacy and local law enforcement representatives.

Many children throughout Clark County will be having a Merry Christmas thanks to former Sen. Percy Malone, AllCare Pharmacy and local law enforcement representatives.
The idea to get involved stemmed from Malone’s years of working with abused and neglected children. Realizing that several youth had no one to rely on in giving them a good Christmas, Malone decided to take action.
As such, Malone and AllCare enlisted the help of the Arkadelphia Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office to collect Christmas lists from children throughout the community.
“What we want to do is make sure that the children gets one thing they need and one thing they want,” Malone said.
“I hope it can how bigger than AllCare and evolve into something bigger and bigger,” he added.
Malone noted that many children only see one side of law enforcement; the one that might unfortunately have to make arrests for domestic situations in their homes.
By having the officers assist in securing the gifts, Malone hopes the children will realize they have a friend in the police.
“I want our children to respect our officers. It would be great for these children to see an officer come to their door with a present,” said Malone.
Malone hopes the project will only intensify county-wide efforts to bring more joy to children at Christmas, with an emphasis on teamwork.
“My goal is for more and more people in Clark County to participate with this program and hopefully we can integrate it with other programs people are doing so we can make sure all kids have a happy Christmas. I want it to where we can all work together to get the blessing of helping others,” Malone said.
The idea has been well received from both sides of the list-gathering effort.
“I appreciate Mr. Malone going to these lengths to make sure kids will have a good Christmas,” said Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson. “It’s very appreciated.”
Shopping began Wednesday with distribution scheduled for Friday, Dec. 22.