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January 2018

Local Elementary Students Bake for Good!

January 17, 2018

Learning to cook is a life skill that truly makes a difference. And this month, local elementary students not only learned about the science, math, and details that go into baking bread but they also learned about helping others who might be hungry, thanks to the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good project.

This month, both the Fayetteville and Bentonville Salvation Army shelters received freshly baked bread made by students and families in Northwest Arkansas. In all, five local elementary schools participated in the “Bake for Good” program that teaches kids about baking by providing flour, materials, and instructions on how to make bread of various sizes and shapes.

Fourth and fifth-graders are given a kit to take home over the weekend and encouraged to bake a loaf for their family and make an extra one to bring back and give away to a local organization. Lowell and Tucker Elementary in the Rogers School District, and also Lincoln Elementary, donated bread to the Salvation Army. This freshly baked bread is quite the treat to people staying in our warming centers (on extra cold days) and also to guests staying in our emergency shelters overnight.

“We are encouraged when we hear about projects like this, where families and teachers work together to help meet the needs of hungry people in Northwest Arkansas,” said Captain Joshua Robinett, Area Commander, Northwest Arkansas. Both the teachers and students at the school said they “had fun” making the bread and were excited about helping people in need here in Northwest Arkansas.

Not only did the Salvation Army benefit from these young chefs but several other local food pantries also benefited. Mathias and Grimes Elementary donated bread to the food pantry at Grace United Church in Rogers. Tucker Elementary also donated bread to the food pantry at First Baptist Church in Lowell.

 

 

 

Red Kettle Wrap Up for 2017

January 5, 2018

For the 2017 giving season, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas raised $361,829 as part of its annual Red Kettle campaign. Donations collected at Kettle locations in Northwest Arkansas equaled $352,161 with an additional $9,668 coming in through online gifts for this campaign. We concluded our Kettle season at 86.1% of our goal of $420,000.

“We want to thank each community in Northwest Arkansas for their generosity this year. As the kettle season came to an end, we asked for your continued support and many people stepped up to help make a difference. Your financial support will allow us to continue to provide for people when they need it most. This means providing shelter from the cold, food for the hungry, clothing and utility assistance for families, and hope for men seeking to break free from the bondage of addiction. We enter 2018 with much anticipation as we look for new ways to meet the needs of people here in Northwest Arkansas,” said Captain Joshua Robinett, Area Commander, Northwest Arkansas

Not only did people give generously this season as part of our Red Kettle campaign by many companies, churches, groups and families gave their time as bell ringers to make a difference. Thank you to everyone who joined us this Christmas season.

 

Angel Tree Volunteers & Supporters Who Made Christmas Possible

January 3, 2018

We cannot stop thinking about what a great Christmas season we had at The Salvation Army. This year, more than 21 companies (and various teams and departments) took the challenge to collect gifts in their offices and even volunteer for hours in our chilly warehouse.

Below are a few of the photos we captured of teams helping make Christmas possible. If you have a photo of your team you’d like to add to our gallery, please email these to us here.

Thank you to these companies and teams that went above and beyond to make Christmas possible for 2,200 kids and senior adults: Walmart (area stores, Home Office, Global Business Services, Relocation, Auditing, IT & Marketing teams), Sam’s Club, JB Hunt, Tyson Foods, Oakley Chapel United Methodist, Hewlett Packard, Holy Trinity Church, UArk – Greek Life, Student Support SVC, Pinnacle Country Club, Fastlane Entertainment, Transplace, Heritage High School, Mondelēz International, Rogers High School, SERCO, Behrents Endodontic Specialists, McClelland Engineers, Procter & Gamble, Flake & Kelley, Black Hills Energy and The Mars Agency.

In addition to some incredible gifts, Schmieding Produce donated thousands of bags of potatoes and Tyson Foods gave 7,680 whole frozen chickens and also Schmieding Produce that provided 20,000 lbs of potatoes.