Remember CES for holidays

The Fort Smith Children's Emergency Shelter serves area children between the ages of 6 and 17 who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse. The shelter staff strives to provide the children in their care with a safe and structured homelike environment and allows the children to just be kids despite the circumstances they find themselves in.

Anticipated wish list items also include gaming systems, tablets and cases, iPods and cases, athletic shoes, hoodies and jackets, make-up kirs, remote control cars, Lego sets, Barbies and dolls, pajamas, twin-size bedding, pillows, gift cards and gift-wrapping materials.

Every child at the shelter fills out a Christmas wish list, then staff and volunteers shop for the children. The shelter encourages monetary donations so they can fulfill the specific wishes of the children in their care. Donations in any amount can be made by going to

Fort Smith library to host food drive

The Fort Smith Public Library will host a food drive for the Community Clearing House during the month of December at all library locations. Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected during normal library hours. Contact Diane Holwick at 783-0229 or or go to for information.

Concert to benefit Girls Shelter

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will perform bluegrass and more for a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. The event benefits the Fort Smith Girls Shelter. The group has released numerous studio recordings and has won more than 100 awards since forming in 1999, including seven IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards. Ticket prices and information will be announced at

For information, visit, and the FSGS's Facebook page.