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Toy Run

The 10th annual Van Buren County Toy-Food Run is set for Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Clinton. Kids under 12 will receive a gift from Santa and there will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Bikers seeking more information about taking part in the Christmas parade should call Happy Jack at 884-6396.

Scam alert

Charitable organizations worldwide have mobilized for the relief effort in the Philippines following the devastating typhoon, and countless Arkansans will no doubt lend their support to the cause.

Arkansas residents are among the most benevolent in the country, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. That organization ranks the Natural State seventh among states for giving to charity. Arkansans on average donate 6.3 percent of their discretionary income to charity, with an estimated annual median contribution of $3,554 per person per year.

Cheerful givers should also be cautious givers, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said. With the recent tragedy in the Philippines and the upcoming holiday season in mind, McDaniel issued this consumer alert to help Arkansas consumers give wisely.

“It’s important to remember that sometimes unscrupulous individuals will try to take advantage of our giving spirits.” McDaniel said. “Some charities may only give a pittance to the cause they purport to assist, while others may just be outright scams.”

Most charitable organizations and professional fundraisers are required to register with the Attorney General’s Office prior to soliciting money from Arkansas consumers. By law, the groups must provide information about how money collected through fundraising is utilized. To determine whether a charity is registered with the State, visit

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