The Greenwood group fights for the community

A Greenwood organization holds its annual Christmas Lights Exhibition to raise funds for community members.

Focus on Greenwood’s light exhibit is free, but the group encourages people to donate money to the organization, said Richard McKinney, president of Focus on Greenwood.

The illuminated display typically earns the organization a few thousand dollars. That and a 5K are the two biggest fundraisers of the bunch.

The Path of Lights has around 50 exhibits and will open this Friday and last until the first week of the New Year. It is located in the town of Greenwood’s Bell Park.

On December 4 and 18, Focus on Greenwood will be hosting wagon rides on the Trail of Lights. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be available on these dates.

The Sentier des Lumières will also offer a live nursery on December 13, 14, 16 and 17.

The nonprofit formed after members of several branches of national organizations came together to create a group more focused on Greenwood. As a local organization, members have more control over where the group’s money goes. This allows them to immediately donate money to the community.

“We are just a close service to the community for those who are not as fortunate as others,” said Joel Goldstein, one of the people who helped found Focus on Greenwood over the years. ten years.

McKinney said the group is primarily focused on the financial needs of families. The group can buy family food or pay an overdue water bill.

“We do a lot of small things rather than big things,” McKinney said.

The group works closely with the school system. If a teacher identifies a student with needs, Focus on Greenwood tries to help.

“Then we step in and start addressing some of those needs,” McKinney said.

Focus on Greenwood has had to reduce some of its selflessness in the midst of the pandemic. Due to COVID, the organization was unable to have its annual 5K last year, depriving the group of much of its fundraising.

“Our organization has taken a little hit,” McKinney said.

This means that instead of providing scholarships to four senior graduates from Greenwood, the group will only be able to provide scholarships to two students. The scholarships are available for students who wish to go to college or technical school.

Alex Gladden graduated from the University of Arkansas. She previously reported for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Jonesboro Sun before joining the Times Record. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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