Hosting Tips and Lemonade Sips

August 25, 2016

GUEST POST | Blake Reynolds of The Colour Journal

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One of my favorite things to do has always been to host gatherings or get togethers with friends. Schedules can get so busy that it really takes intentionality and effort to have time with the people you love.

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A few hosting tips

When I plan gatherings, I have three things in mind: Bring people together, make it memorable, and keep it affordable. Today I want to share with you how The Salvation Army can help you with all three!

One of my favorite ways to make a night special is by having a signature drink for the evening. With summer temps getting higher and higher, I thought I’d show you a fun, affordable way to elevate your next gathering by serving up a blueberry lemonade to keep your guests cool!

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A little presentation goes a lonnngg way!

The easy route most people go when serving refreshments is straight out of the container, but an easy way to elevate your presentation at a gathering is to have nice glassware to serve it in. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores have so much glassware to choose from at such an affordable price. Each of these items were only 50 cents a piece!

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The Salvation Army had such a big selection that I decided to choose a couple different styles of glasses. The bigger glass would be perfect for a kids back to school bash, while the fancier glass would be great for an adult dinner party! Grab some garnishes, and you’ve got yourself a good-looking summer lemonade to elevate any party you host!

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Are you a party-planner? What are some of your favorite budget-friendly hosting tips?

Want to find a Salvation Army Thrift Store near you?? Get all locations in Northwest Arkansas –> HERE!


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***Blake Reynolds is a creative living in Fayetteville, AR with hands in design, photography, blogging, and marketing. She spends her weekdays working as a Graphic Designer at Collective Bias HQ, and her weekends curating content for her own personal blog, The Colour Journal. Her passion lies in using creativity to inspire others around her to become more of their truest selves, walking out confidently in their own unique purpose and ability.

Fabulous Food Partners

August 15, 2016

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We have been so blessed to find friends in Whole Foods Market!! The company is committed to community and their desire to make Northwest Arkansas a better place is so evident!!

Whole Foods Market donates their food waste to The Salvation Army several times a week, providing our shelter with healthy necessities! Over the summer months alone, their dairy and coffee donations have saved us over $1200! We’ve also been able to provide top-of-the-line snacks like nuts and protein bars at no cost to us, items that would otherwise not be available to our guests due to cost. Whole Foods Market is providing healthy, high quality food options to a community that would otherwise not have access.

I caught up with the champions of our partnership, Allison Chilcote (Marketing Team Leader) and Chamisa Wheeler (Team Member), to chat about saving food waste, being a conscientious shopper, and making a difference for the impoverished in our community. Read on, friends!

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The Heart of Whole Foods Market

“Community is extremely important to Whole Foods Market. It is the foundation of the company and important to its team members who work toward increasing access to fresh, healthy food!

In 1980, Whole Foods Market started out as one small store in Austin, Texas with a variety of local and regional products on the shelves. Less than a year later, a massive flood destroyed the store inventory and damaged equipment. Community vendors, creditors and partners joined forces to help get Whole Foods Market operational again. It was the pivotal point when Whole Foods Market recognized it takes a team and a community and the company’s core values were developed and transformed. You can see that in the way Whole Foods Market approaches business today as a company and community partner.” (See their core values –> here!)

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Importance of Rescuing Food (before it becomes waste)

“The needs in our community are always growing. We can make change, impact people and inspire them to reach others by teaching them to think about their food and be more conscious about what they buy, creating a trickle effect. It is our job in the community to work together to scale back food waste, help more where we can, and be more conscientious consumers.”

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What are some ways that individuals and families can recover food and be cautious of food waste in their own homes?

“Know your resources. What is my Plan B for food? Change your mindset to think of where food can go if you cannot eat or cook it.

Whether it be taking your food scraps to a compost, reaching out to a local shelter or food bank, going to your church or non-profit recipient, or thinking of your neighbor who may not have dinner, and inviting them over!

These actions give you the freedom to cook something delicious and healthy and not have the guilt of potentially wasting it.”

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The Heart of the Whole Foods Team

(Chamisa) “When I realized we work with food banks, I got really excited. I understand the depth of the problems that we face in Northwest Arkansas. Now, I go home at night and I think about families who have a little more tonight than what they started off with.”

I go home with a less heavy heart knowing that this company is giving back so much. Whole Foods gave me that opportunity. I love that Whole Foods embraces community and has so much compassion, and that we are making a difference.

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Catch up with Whole Foods Fayetteville:
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fayetteville
Social: @wholefoodsfay
#fayfresh #wfmteam

New Corps Officers in Northwest Arkansas!

August 8, 2016

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We are thrilled to welcome our new Corps Officers (church leaders), Major Geraldine and Captain David Leonard (Rogers) and Lieutenants Nic and Emily Arroqui (Fayetteville). The Leonards are replacing Lieutenants Curtis and Angela Sadler who have been reassigned to the Jonesboro, AR Salvation Army Corps. The Arroquis, recent graduates of The Salvation Army training college in Atlanta, GA, will be serving the church in Fayetteville.

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THE ARROQUIS

Lt. Nicolas Arroqui was born in Uruguay and moved to Georgia at the age of 10. He became a Christian in his teenage years and met The Salvation Army through their outreach programs at a soccer park.

Lt. Emily Arroqui comes from the beautiful state of North Carolina. She is a fifth generation Salvationist and has attended The Salvation Army church all of her life.

This is their first appointment since completing studies at The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College, and they are thrilled to be here! They love the people, scenery, nature, climate, food, and just about everything else in NW Arkansas.

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“We praise God for this privilege and calling to ministry in the Fayetteville Corps (Church)”, says Lt. Nic Arroqui. “We are most excited about building new relationships and sharing the love of Christ with the people in our community. Please join us for Worship on Sunday at 11am!”

 

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THE LEONARDS

Major Geraldine Leonard was born August 20, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas. She is a second generation Salvationist and served in the United States Army fourteen years before becoming a Salvation Army Officer.

Captain David Leonard is a third generation Salvationist. He attended The Salvation Army Crestmont College (Seminary) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA from September 2002 through June 2004.

The Leonards have served all over the nation and are currently serving The Salvation Army as Corps Officers in Rogers, AR.

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Family Room Adopted by Local Church

August 1, 2016

The Neighborhood Church in Bentonville seeks to make an impact in their community and in their neighborhood everyday. And what better way to reach the neighborhood than to connect with the homeless shelter right down the street from your new building location!? That’s how we got connected to this amazing group of people-they reached out, they asked to be a part, and then they came!

“At the end of the service, we often say ‘the worship is over, but the service is not’. We want to be present in our community and to impact lives.” Cheryl and Colleen, The Neighborhood Church

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The Neighborhood Church adopted one of our three family rooms at the Bentonville Shelter. All decorations, furniture, and linens were provided by them! The room truly has a whole new feel. It’s like walking into an updated apartment rather than a room an emergency shelter.

“Giving back like this makes a bigger impact than you’ll ever know. When people come in and see a nice room it calms anxiety and helps them move from a state of chaos to stability, from despair to hope.”
Danny Camarillo, The Salvation Army, Bentonville Shelter Director

Take a look at the before and after shots! And a huge thank you to The Neighborhood Church for taking that first step and making a difference for your neighbors!

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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!

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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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**Sources
Food Consumption
USDA Statistics
Reducing Food Waste
Household Poverty
US Census

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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