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August 2016

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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