The Family Store Fashonista

July 25, 2016

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Hellllooo hello!!
I’m Kristie Robertson, age 23, occupation: a little bit of EVERYTHING. But for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the styling portion of my career! If you aren’t sure where to begin with thrifting, or why you should even care about it, I’m hoping to hold your hand through the first few steps of discovering the greatness that is thrifting! I have always loved clothing; it’s been a part of my expression forever. I studied Fashion Design for a few years and have had the honor of styling for a few companies & organizations. When not thrifting (which I religiously partake in at least every Wednesday),  I am a foodie & explorer of new places. Now that we hopefully have something in common, lets get going!

How do I define thrifting?

Thrifting is giving something a second chance. You have to realize that in your shopping cart is blessings upon blessings of potential! Something that once was trendy had its moment in the world (at full price) and then flew into your local thrift shop. This means it’s original purpose may or may not be past it’s due date or fashion time zone. That’s why to me, thrifting is combining innovation with opportunity. There are no rules!

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Denim Jacket: $3, Romper, $8

How do you know what to look for?

Knowing what colors look good on you is really important. Silhouettes, aka shapes of clothing, are changed often over time, so when you are in a thrift store, you could pick up 3 tops and have them fit completely differently because of the year they were made. This means that color and patterns will be the first way of detecting whether something is going to work for you or not. Then, the dressing room will help you the rest of the way!

Need some inspiration? Here are some examples of outfits I have put together using items from my local Salvation Army Family Store!

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Dress turned Kimono: $3, Jeans: $4, White Tee: $1, Clogs: $7

Don’t Fear a DIY

This outfit was super easy and guess what!? This fun ‘kimono’ is actually just a vintage dress that I cut down the middle. Sometimes you’ll see awesome patterns but terrible fittings, in that case don’t be afraid to do some DIY so you can get the best of both worlds. Here are a few fun pieces from that outfit!

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This dress turned Kimono was a steal at $3!

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Who doesn’t need a pair of Levi jeans for $4?!

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Slide on heels are all the rage! And so are $7 shoes!

Dressing in Denim

The denim jacket: dare I say is the most important thing a person can have in their closet. They will never go out of style! Over your next few trips to The Salvation Army Family Store, make yourself familiar with the denim section. Don’t just purchase the first one you find; you want your denim jacket to be like a lipstick that you know will elevate any and every outfit you wear. It’s important to love the wash of the denim, fit & feel because like I said, you WILL be throwing this over more than you could imagine!

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The shining star of my collection: $3 denim jacket!

Just go for it!

I share these photos with you guys because these are some of my favorite items I have collected! Sometimes I am afraid to go for it with an item. Knowing that these items might not be current style can bring a fear as to what others will think. But if something grabs your attention, go for it! These pieces scared me, but have ended up being milestones in the way I dress! They’ve given me courage as I seek to dress to express who I am. Let clothing be a milestone for you too- take some risks!

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

July 19, 2016

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Last week, the coolest semi-truck in the country pulled up into our parking lot! It’s pizza for a purpose, and Little Caesars is taking it all over the nation to serve those in need!

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“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for the people in Fayetteville who need assistance.”

The Team

Local team members provide the staffing and supplies for the event! Mike (Love Kitchen Driver), Miguel (Springdale and Rogers GM) , JD (Fayetteville General Manager), and Wyatt (Fayetteville Employee) made up the all-star team that brought this event to life! They churned out enough pizza to feed 175 people and were the true success behind the night!

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Other Partners

Several non-profits in the area came to share their information with the community and work together to make a difference for those in need in Fayetteville! Welcome Health is an amazing free health clinic in Fayetteville with the kindest staff and great facilities! 7 Hills, our partners in service, offer a day shelter in South Fayetteville and LifeSource provides many services for low-income families including summer day camps and counseling services! (They all do MUCH more than that short spiel. Check out their websites for more info!)

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this community pizza night possible! And the biggest of THANKS to Little Caesars for giving back in Northwest Arkansas. Together, let’s Do The Most Good!

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Walmart Foundation Funds Feeding

July 7, 2016

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We are honored to announce that the Walmart Foundation has granted us with $40,000 to be used for our feeding programs!! They give so much to making this community a better place, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with their funds and supported by their giving.

It is our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.  -Walmart Foundation

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Feeding programs are a vital part of what we do at The Salvation Army, and this grant will give us the opportunity to impact so many lives! But just how big of an impact will this funding make??

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Last year, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas provided 47,790 meals and distributed over 2,000 food boxes to those in need. Meals are served every night of the week at the emergency shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville, as well as, for Wednesday night youth programs, holidays, and special events. Food Boxes are administered at the social service offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Want to learn more? Read up on all of our social services here and stories of lives they have impacted!

Thank You Walmart
So a HUGE thank you to our partners at the Walmart Foundation for supporting the work we do in this community! Together, we can Do The Most Good!

Chipotle Mexican Grill

June 27, 2016

We are thrilled to begin this new series on food partnerships in our community!! We do not work alone when it comes to feeding those in need here is Northwest Arkansas, and we want for our supporters and friends to know the amazing people who help make our work possible! Be looking for a food partner highlight each month and go support these awesome businesses when you get a chance! You can also follow the stories on social media with #feedNWA!

This month, we are proud to recognize an amazing restaurant who gives back every week through the Harvest Program. Drummrolll…

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Instead of letting their excess food go to waste, Chipotle Restaurants have decided to give back! Each Chipotle location in Fayetteville is a part of an initiative called the Harvest Program. This program is coordinated by Food Donation Connection, an organization that seeks to “expand their global network linking available sources of surplus food to those in need through existing charitable organizations”.

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FOOD WASTE

According to the US Department of Agriculture, “Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year.” 96 BILLION POUNDS.
Let’s put that into perspective.

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So thank you, Chipotle, for choosing to make a difference and giving your food waste to those in need in our community!! In addition to their harvest donation, Chipotle on Dickson Street is sponsoring a proceeds night for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas! Go grab a meal, tell them you love The Salvation Army, and they will donate 50% of the proceeds to our programs!!

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Chance of a Lifetime

June 9, 2016

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Did you know that The Salvation Army has summer camps all over the nation? In fact, we staff and run nearly 48 camps across the country! Just like many summer camps, our kids get to experience the ropes course, songs by the campfire, activities and crafts!

But unlike many camps across the nation, our kiddos get these amazing experiences for only $35/child.

In general, the American Camp Association says that the average weekly cost of an overnight camp is $690. It could, however, cost as much as $2,000 a week.* Our campers are sent for $210 dollars/week, and the parents are asked to contribute $35 of that total for registration.

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This summer, we are thrilled to be sending 31 children to camp! Why send them to summer camp, you may ask? Here’s a few reasons why sending kids to camp, especially low-income children who may not otherwise have this opportunity, is valuable!**

  • Camp helps build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Camp is a safe environment
  • Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends
  • Camp can help kids increase in independence and show more leadership skill
  • Camp is a fun place to build friendships feel more socially comfortable

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These kiddos were so grateful for the chance to go to camp last summer. Will you consider sponsoring a child this year?

Full Sponsorship– $210 (covers one week of camp for one child)
Partial Sponsorship– $100 (covers parent registration and some camp costs for one child)
Registration Sponsorship– $35 (covers the parent registration fee for one child)

To give DONATE HERE and specify that you are sponsoring a child in Northwest Arkansas for camp. Or give us a call 479-521-2151!

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**The Value of Camp

#NationalDonutDay

June 2, 2016

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Donuts are a yummy, tasty treat! That’s about all the average Joe knows about this delectable pastry. In fact, most people can’t even agree on a spelling! Is it donuts or doughnuts?! We may never know, but there are a few things we can teach you about the history of the donut! So get ready to learn a little more about this favorite, American treat. Happy National Donut Day, friends!

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Ready for some fun facts about this auspicious holiday?!

  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France during World War I. The women wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers, so they began frying donuts in helmets! They later became known as the “Donut Lassies”.
  • The Salvation Army started Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
  • President Eisnehower later made the day official to honor the work of the “Donut Lassies”, hence National Donut Day!

Here is the ORIGINAL history of Donut Day brought to you in a minute and 9 seconds!!

We also have the original recipe used by the Donut Lassies!! Want to start a fun, family tradition?! You can make these donuts in your home! Though you may want to use a frying pan instead of a soldier’s helmet (Click image to print)!

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This year, we had the privilege of partnering with Krispy Kreme in Bentonville!! They donated 40 dozen donuts for us to distribute all over NWA today. We loved keeping the memory of the Donut Lassies alive today by honoring service men and women in our community . Check out the pictures from our donut deliveries this morning!

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Office Renovation Inspiration

May 26, 2016

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Work environment is very important to any healthy, functioning team! Life is a whirlwind here at The Salvation Army, and we often forget to take the time to care for ourselves (and our space!) as we are caring for others in need.

But this month, we decided that this 10 year old (probably older than 10 years!) paint job needed a refresh! So we cleaned up, cleaned out, painted and redecorated. And along with the new paint, came some new office furniture pieces that we found at our thrift stores!! So check out our Office Reno inspiration and maybe you’ll catch the renovation bug!

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Before: Our offices were outdated to say the least! For starters, the bland, neutral walls needed some pep. Several of the office colors did not match leaving the space feeling incoherent. Many of our walls had lovely wallpaper borders gracing the ceilings- yikes! And the carpet was a blue, grey mix- simple, but old and worn.

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Prep Work: We chose a neutral, putty color called Haze from Behr as the base color and used Forbidden Red and Alter Ego for accent walls. The carpet is jewel-toned giving the space a professional feel with a splash of deep red color.

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After: The new paint, and fresh carpet really gave our offices a great new look! We took the wallpaper borders down (woo!) and painted old, orange wood cabinets a neutral color to give them a more polished professional look!

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1) These comfy chairs were found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store and listed for $69.50 as a set. Perfect for our HR office!
2) Love this shelf that I found at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. It came in a subtle green, but after some sanding and a new paint of coat, this brilliant white makes a nice statement against the purple wall!
3) This craft table came from our Rogers Thrift Store listed at $35! The original wood was beautiful so we sanded down and finished off the job with an English Chestnut interior stain. Loving the new standing desk!!
4) This great side table was also found at our Rogers Thrift Store. For a vintage look, the table got a neutral paint color with some intentionally roughed edges.

Volunteer Luncheon 2016

May 13, 2016

Volunteers are an integral part of who we are here at The Salvation Army!! We absolutely could not carry on without the generosity and sacrifice of each individual and group that has walked alongside of us this past year. That is why honoring them is such a blessing for us!

This year we had over 9,000 volunteer hours served in our various programs. Whether that be serving meals, ringing bells, deep cleaning shelters, or organizing in the thrift store, each and every hour given has changed this community!

It was such an honor to celebrate our amazing supporters this week!
Here’s a peek into the afternoon.

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We had the privilege of honoring a few individuals and groups who really went above and beyond! Check out the recipients!!

KETTLE AWARDS 2015

Top Individual Bell Ringer for Fayetteville: Laura Bennett
Top Group Bell Ringer for Fayetteville: Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville

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Top Individual Bell Ringer for Rogers/Bentonville Area: Wayne Cooper
Top Group Bell Ringer for Rogers/Bentonville Area: Benton County Sheriff’s Department

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Top Group Bell Ringer for Springdale: J.B. Hunt Transportation Inc. Services
Top Individual Bell Ringer for the Springdale: John Tackel

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Community Resource Award- Edwards Children’s Trust
The Community Resource Award is presented to an individual or group that chooses to support The Salvation Army with a unique resource necessary to the success of our programs. Each year, a warehouse for Angel Tree gift sorting and distribution must be obtained, and this year’s recipient graciously provided that space free of charge (and has done so for three years)!!

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Community Partner Award- SamsClub.com
The Community Partner Award is presented to a business or corporation that has shown great support through volunteerism, financial gifts, and the unique meeting of needs throughout the year. This year, we were thrilled to present the Community Partner Award to the team at Samsclub.com! They provided our shelter guests with Christmas gifts, deep cleaned our shelter, supported us financially and spread awareness of our mission throughout their community.

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Volunteer Individual of the Year- Sharon Gregory
The Volunteer Individual of the Year Award is presented each year to one individual who exemplifies commitment and service to The Salvation Army. This year, we proudly honored a woman who faithfully serves at our Bentonville Shelter each and every Monday, cooking and serving the dinner meal for our residents.

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Volunteer Group of the Year- Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville
This award is presented to a group that has given an incredible number of hours to The Salvation Army, enabling us to better serve this community because of their continued commitment. This year’s recipients continually reached out, asking to serve us with any and every need that arose. They rang bells for four weekends, painted our Fayetteville Shelter, did maintenance around our property and are still asking for ways to serve. A huge thank you and congratulations to Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville for their commitment and service this past year!

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A final recognition that we could not go without mentioning! To Bart Sego and the team at Fellowship Bible Church of NWA, a HUGE thank you for the use of your facilities! You guys made the event a breeze!

We hope to see you at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon next year!!
Want to know how to get involved? Check out our volunteer webpage.

Life Cycle, Upcycle

May 2, 2016

Guest Post | Keisha McKinney of Big Pitt Stop
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Clean up and clean out. We all have to do it at one time or another.

My recent marriage brought with it a big move across the state. While excited about combining my life with my love, I was a little overwhelmed at all the “stuff” in my life. You see when you’re a single gal, it’s pretty easy to justify why you have everything you have.

But, when you have to tell a guy why you need 3 different sizes of kitchen spatulas or the difference between “pretty” baskets and “utility” baskets, words begin to fail you.

And then to justify it to the people loading boxes into a moving truck…you start thinking about all the things it might be time to get rid of. And, since I’m surrounded by loads of generous people in my life, my “things” I had collected while living on my own as an adult for 12 years were being replaced with new wedding gifts. Since I don’t really like waste in any part of my life, I wanted to do something beneficial with the items I was purging from my place.

Enter The Salvation Army Thrift Store!
The perfect opportunity to clean out my good things and give them to a good place.

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I had recently read this article about Opportunity on The NWA Salvation Army blog and it was such a good reminder of the “new” life my “used” things could find. And, when I did a little research and found out that The Salvation Army Stores in Northwest Arkansas fund a free Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program in the area and that $.82 of every dollar sold in their stores are reinvested into the programs provided by The Salvation Army, I WAS SOLD.

As I cleaned out closets, emptied drawers and finally looked in those boxes in my garage, I found myself more motivated as I thought about the stories of the lives that would be changed.

Hope. Opportunity. Championing. Support.

Those were the words that went through my mind as I built the mound of donated items in my living room. And, these were good items too. I started thinking that this was not the opportunity to get rid of my junk (that’s what the trash bin was for) but this was my chance to get rid of good things, usable things that people need to find at a thrift store and that I don’t have space for.

And, with several locations across NWA, I knew there was opportunity that anyone in any community might find something useful. Heck, this lady even found a way to spruce up her place for spring. Imagine what kind of summer party she could throw with some new dishes!

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Donating my items was super easy. Because I had big furniture to include in my donation, I called the main office and talked to the nicest woman to schedule a pick up. The guys who came to pick up my items were great. They called before they arrived to let me know they were en-route.

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When they arrived, they added my furniture and donation boxes to the other things they had collected and were quickly on their way.  It was really nice when I called to set up the pick up because I got to choose the day and it made moving day that much smoother with the list of things we had to accomplish before we could call it quits.

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Weird or not, I like to think about the tables my cobalt blue dishes will now adorn.  Or the closet hangers my work clothes, the ones I had been saving to fit into someday, will hang on and help someone walk confidently through their office.  I think about the woman who will walk in those pumps, the ones I used to prance around Rogers in making sales calls.  Will she find the community I found here?  Will she build a business in a town that loves to keep it local?  Will her life flourish in ways only Northwest Arkansas can make your heart soar?


Want more from Keisha?!
You can catch up with all her latest at…
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http://www.bigpittstop.com/
@bigpittstop

***Keisha McKinney is a giver by nature. She was raised by people who loved others and learned early on the power of investing in people and giving back. These days she is enjoying her new life as a married woman, finding a place for all her “treasures” in her new house, and settling in to a new town she is learning to call home. Ever committed to the non-profit community in Northwest Arkansas, you can follow her adventures at her own blog, www.bigpittstop.com or her daily crazy on social media, @bigpittstop. She is passionate about connecting people, needs and resources.

Chain Reaction Bike Ministry

April 27, 2016

It was such a blast having First Christian Church & Waterway out to our Bentonville Shelter earlier this month! They are doing some awesome things in the community, and I am going to let Peggy Hicks, Outreach Coordinator, give a little insight into who they are and why they serve!

Tell me a little bit about First Christian Church & Waterway!

First Christian Church & WaterWay are focused on being Disciples of Christ’s love – exemplifying that love to ALL within our walls, our community and our world. We are an inclusive place of worship where everyone is welcome at our table wherever they may be in their journey of life and faith. Reaching out to our community and world with tangible expressions of Christ’s love is a huge part of our calling and identity as followers of Jesus. Our Outreach Ministries play a central role in the life of our church, giving us ways to live into our faith, as well as a means of showing the world what Christ’s love looks like.

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How did you guys get started serving in the community?

Plan Be Sunday was created in 2006 as an opportunity to express that tangible love to our neighbors in need within our community. Each year on the Sunday after Easter, we have an abbreviated time of worship and then go out to Be the church. Over the years, teams of folks have picked up trash in parks, power washed homes in assisted living communities, completed outside lawn work , cleaned the inside of homes, worked at local food pantries and entertained the elderly at local nursing facilities – just to name a few Plan Be acts of service.

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What made you guys choose The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter is one of a very few facilities in Benton County assisting the homeless in offering food, a place to sleep, counseling and referral services. It is a perfect fit for one of our Plan Be team projects this year.

We’re excited to spruce up the outside of the facility. After all, this is a place our neighbors are calling home for a short time while they find their feet again and work toward self-sustainability. Having a home that keeps us safe from the environment, fills our bellies and gives us a place to rest our head is the most important aspect of what that home provides. However, a home that is neat, clean and well taken care of inside and outside also provides us with a sense of peace and contentment; two qualities of living that are often missing from the day to day life of the homeless and qualities those of us not struggling with sustainability often take for granted.

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Tell me a little bit about your bicycle ministry!

Chain Reaction, our Bicycle Outreach Project, began at FCC & WaterWay in June 2015 as part of a larger organization started in Houston, Texas in 2009. Transportation is imperative to those seeking employment, maintaining employment or attending school. Unfortunately, owning a vehicle is costly and public transportation in Northwest Arkansas, although available, isn’t easily accessible or inexpensive. A bicycle not only cuts transportation costs to almost nothing but can cut transportation times to and from work or school by more than 50%.

Simply put, a bicycle can be the difference between working and not working, education or no education.

Our vision for the future of Chain Reaction is that we are able to provide a bike to anyone in need in Northwest Arkansas anytime they need it, as well as providing riding education, safety tips and bicycle repair and replacement.

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