Helena church gives comfort to kids, safety to households

The Helena-West Helena Police Department has teamed up with First United Methodist Church Helena for a new community outreach program called Blue Lights and Big Smiles. First UMC Helena members have donated stuffed animals to help police officers connect with children who have been involved in either a minor traffic accident or other traumatic experiences. Pictured are the Rev. Mike Wilkie, pastor of First UMC Helena, and Chief Virgil Green of the Helena West Helena Police Department.

First UMC Helena’s pastor the Rev. Mike Wilkie serves as the Red Cross Disaster Services representative for Phillips County, and as part of that role he partnered recently with Red Cross and AmeriCorps volunteers to install free smoke detectors in a number of homes in Ward 1 of Helena West Helena. This is a beginning of a mission to provide free smoke detectors to every residence in need in Phillips County. Red Cross and AmeriCorps canvassing efforts to determine needs will continue through each ward and throughout the county over the next few months.