On Dec. 22 Corporals Brian Gaskins and Roger Tate, officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, had the opportunity to help with Christmas for a family in Cave City.
The Arkansas Wildlife Officers' Association donates $1,000 annually to each of the 12 game and fish enforcement districts. The $12,000 may be utilized to help local charities or simply help those less fortunate around Christmas.
"Deciding the best use for the money is always difficult since there are always many worthy projects and limited funds," a spokesman said.
Officers from Fulton, Sharp and Lawrence County chose to use their share to help one local family have a little better Christmas this year.
"It is unfortunate that Christmas time is typically a busy time for wildlife officers," the spokesman said. "Not necessarily because they are away from family so often, but because more poaching takes place in the fall and winter seasons. More illegal activity adds up to more arrests, which often translates into resources being taken by courts that might otherwise have been used for Christmas. We are grateful for the opportunity to help those less fortunate at Christmas and appreciate the Cave City School District for helping us find such a deserving family this year."
The family who was sponsored in Sharp County has six children. The children range in age from 3 to 14.
"This family works very hard to support these children," the spokesman said. "The officers just wanted to give a little help to the family and show their support for them during the holiday season."