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Volunteer opportunities still available to help Salvation Army

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Salvation Army needs your help  filling in open spots to lend a hand this holiday season.

There are several unfilled volunteer opportunities open from this weekend all the way to Christmas:

1. ANGEL TREE: Volunteers are needed to cover the morning and mid-afternoon shifts (10AM-2PM and 2PM-6PM) at the McCain Mall Angel Tree Dec. 4 or Dec. 6th (2PM-6PM).

2. FILL THE TRUCK: Volunteers are needed in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Saline County with Fill the Truck. There is a big need for volunteers in Jacksonville, Cabot, Lonoke, or Searcy for this coming weekend, and all day Friday is open at almost all of the Little Rock locations.

Little Rock 12th St. $200K renovation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock is about to get a renovation on 12th street.

A $200,000 grant from Imagine Center Arkansas Partners is making the makeover possible.

The neighborhood in the area received financial planning assistance in October.

Each site was awarded federally funded individual consultant-led planning assistance to build specific development concept plans that include market analyses, form-based development codes, guidance on infrastructure investments, feasibility analysis and implementation process.

Tuesday at 6, city leaders and residents will discuss how to put that money to use.

Police: Man implies he is armed, robs Little Rock bank

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - According to police, the man in the photo above was reportedly involved in a bank robbery in Little Rock.

Police said a man described to be in his mid-20s standing 6' to 6'1" tall and weighing 220 to 240 pounds implied that he was armed when he reportedly robbed U.S. Bank off Rodney Parham Road just after noon on Tuesday.

If you have any information on this person, contact police at (501) 371-6885 or (501) 371-4660. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Big payouts hinder Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, proceeds down millions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Financial figures for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery appear weaker than last, but officials say January through March could turn the program around.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery proceeds are down by just more than four percent from this time last year, roughly a million dollars less. The Lottery Commission met Monday to discuss the numbers and also look for possible solutions for stronger revenues. This meeting hit close to home for students across the state.

"When my parents found out that I was getting these scholarships it was a huge burden lifted off them they were really happy. They were more happy than I was I think," said Dillon Nash, UALR Sophomore.

Nash goes to classes without the worry of debt because of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Student loans would have been the only other way for Nash to pay for secondary education. Nash hopes students from his home town of Brinkley get the same chance.

City of Little Rock joins Heifer International, Arkansas Foodbank for #GivingTuesday

City of Little Rock joins Heifer International, Arkansas Foodbank for #GivingTuesday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CITY OF LITTLE ROCK) - The first Tuesday of December will officially be a day for giving back in Arkansas' State Capital.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will be joined by Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari and Arkansas Foodbank CEO Rhonda Sanders at a press conference that day. The trio will demonstrate how to participate in #GivingTuesday by donating, volunteering and contributing to non-profit and charitable organizations in the community.

#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Arkansas doctors to perform 26 surgeries for free

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Next weekend, a small group of doctors will perform a marathon day of surgery at a Little Rock hospital, replacing hips and knees for more than two dozen patients who have no insurance and can't afford the procedures. 

Everything and everyone involved in the process - from the surgeons and nurses to the artificial joints - comes free of cost to the patients, many of whom have been suffering from debilitating pain for decades. 

The free surgeries are made possible by Operation Walk USA, an organization that formed in 2011 after the success of Operation Walk, which provided free surgeries internationally. Operation Walk USA has provided nearly 300 patients in the United States with joint replacements during special events in 2011 and 2012. 

Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give gift of life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) - The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends. For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can't be found at stores: a blood donation.

Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood drive coordinator at the high school where she works.

"I can never repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others that giving blood is truly the gift that means something," Lauren said. "The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday seasons with my family."