by Bill Bowden  on Monday, Dec. 22, 1997 12:00 am  

Helen Walton, widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, presented an endowment gift of $2 million on Dec. 2 to the Harvey and Bernice Jones Center for Families in Springdale. At the same time, Pat and Willard Walker presented the center with a gift of about $600,000. The money, from both donors, will fund, in perpetuity, the center's child-care facility. Willard Walker was the first manager (other than Sam Walton) of a Wal-Mart store.

The KidsPlus program offers parents free baby sitting while they use the center's facilities or attend meetings, workshops and classes at the 290,000-SF community center.

This Christmas gift to the community fills a void in services that has been reflected statewide as welfare reform measures have been felt, especially by single parents ant those seeking to improve their future with additional education.

This is the largest single gift to the Jones Center as it begins its campaign to fully fund the ongoing operation of the center.

The endowment was made possible through the Walton Family Foundation Inc.



Please read our comments policy before commenting.