There’s no time of the year that inspires giving quite like Christmas. Whether it’s the donation of one’s time or money to someone in need or lending a sympathetic ear to someone in pain, there are many opportunities in Southeast Arkansas to make the holiday season a little brighter for someone. Here are a few, among many, opportunities to make the Christmas lights shine a little brighter in Southeast Arkansas:

The Southeast Arkansas Community Help Programs, Inc. (SEARCH) is collecting toys, furniture and appliances for families in need. The organization provides assistance year-round to families in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew counties. Contact contact Jean Brisby at (870) 853-7048.

The Dumas High School East Lab is conducting a Toy for Tots drive. Donations can be dropped off at various sites around Dumas, including the Dumas Clarion.

The Dumas Clarion is collecting non-perishable foods for local food pantries. Donations may be made at the Dumas Clarion at 136 East Waterman. For more information contact Terry Hawkins at the Clarion at (870) 382-4925.

Ryburn Automotive Supercenter in Monticello is collecting toys for children. The automobile dealership, located on U.S. 425 South, has a large Christmas sled they hope will be filled with new toys or clothing to be distributed to children in  need.

The Junior Auxilliary of Warren is collecting toys for children in Bradley County. Their angel trees are located at Warren Bank, First State Bank and Union Bank in Warren.

The Gamma chapter of Phi Lambda Chi at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is hosting their annual toy drive for children at the Baptist Home in Monticello. Boxes placed at most churches in Monticello. The fraternity will pick up and deliver the toys the week before Christmas.

Kim’s Dance Factory in Monticello will be collecting non-perishable foods at their Christmas Show on December 9 at 7 p.m. in the Earl Willis Auditorium on the Drew Central School campus in Monticello. Admission is a non-perishable food item.

Moro Bay State Park will be collecting toys and non-perishable food items at it’s annual Old Fashioned Christmas in the Park on December 17 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is a toy, a non-perishable food item, or $2.