Dozens of Harrison School District students will receive a new toy this month thanks to a donation from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.
Nearly 600 runners participated in the hospital’s Santa Shuffle Fun Run on Saturday, December 7, each of them donating a new child’s toy for the chance to run the 1.7-mile race in a full Santa suit.
Thanks to the participants, plus some “virtual Santas” who donated gifts but didn’t run, NARMC collected more than 950 gifts and donated them to 25 community organizations and school districts, including Harrison. Both are up from last year’s respective totals of 550+ and 17, the hospital said.
At least 100 toys were distributed to Harrison pupils, according to Rebecca Williams, who oversees the district’s School-Based Human Services program and serves as the liaison for homeless students.
"We are so blessed to live in such a giving community,” Williams said. “Thank you to all the employees of the hospital, the hospital board and to all the participants in the Santa Shuffle who donated toys."