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The Angel Tree and Red Kettle Round-Up

January 4, 2017

HAPPY 2017, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

The Christmas Season has finally wrapped up and the New Year is underway!! And we think the best way to celebrate the New Year is by reflecting on all the joys of last year. 2016 was an incredible year for The Salvation Army, and it was only made possible by this community!! So for that, we thank you!

Now, we know you all have been wondering- just how much did the Kettles raise this year?? And how many angels were adopted through the Angel Tree program? Well, DRUMROLLLLL…. because we are thrilled to tell!


RED KETTLES

Because of your generosity (and some pretty awesome bell ringers^^^), we were able to raise $343,952 across Northwest Arkansas this year!! So thank you, thank YOU for giving. We are truly so grateful. Curious as to where the money goes after the Kettle? You can see how we use the money throughout the year >>> HERE!

Check out some of our favorite moments from the bell ringing season!

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Selfie with a cop made its debut this year from the Benton County Sheriff Department!

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Our very own bell ringer Gary Shipley had an article published on his banjo playing!

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JB Hunt competed for a week to raise over $7,500 for The Salvation Army!!

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Sometimes ringing is so fun, you have to bring 15 friends to one Kettle!

ANGEL TREE

Many of you gave in a different way this Christmas Season- you gave to the Angel Tree!! And once again we had an AMAZING year!! Every single child was adopted by our community and corporate donors this year- Woo!! Way to go, Northwest Arkansas!

We were able to serve 2,113 children this year, because of your generosity! That’s over 750 families who had Christmas gifts under the tree and a Christmas meal on the table.

Here are some of our favorite Angel Tree moments of the season!!

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We filled a warehouse as long as a football field with gifts you generously provided!

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Jim’s Razorback Pizza provided some awesome food for our volunteers.

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Tyson, The Pack Shack, Schmieding Produce, and Arkansas Egg Company provided meals for our angel families.

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These cute kiddos donated over 400 pairs of socks at Folsom Elementary school to help those in need.

THANK YOU, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

8th Annual Golf Tournament Drives it Home!

September 14, 2016

No trouble in paradise at the Paradise Valley Golf Course last week! The Salvation Army’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success! Some great teams and sponsors came out for the afternoon flight to support the event put on by the Advisory Board.

20 teams played in the tournament which raised a total of $7,000 for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. 

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“Most participants in a weekday golf tournament have been afforded a life that allows them to be able to participate in an event like this. So many in our community do not have the opportunity to take a day off of work for golf, take a day off at all, or even have a job to take off from,” says Tim Cotton, President of the Advisory Board of Northwest Arkansas and owner of Northwest Electric.

“I personally have been blessed to have not only what I need, but also influences that have shown me the importance of giving back to this community.

Few organizations operate in the manner that The Salvation Army does, helping people in need regain their footing not only financially, but spiritually as well. I look forward to seeing the growth of The Salvation Army, volunteer support, and community awareness and involvement as we move forward.”

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How far does $7,000 go??

According to USA Today, the cost of dinner for a low-income family of four averages to $191 per week. With the money raised from the tournament, The Salvation Army will be able to feed approximately 260 families (of four) for a day or 36 families each night for a week.

Additionally, a night of shelter costs roughly $12.50 per person, shows research from EFSP. That’s 560 nights of shelter we can offer because of the proceeds from the tournament.

So thank you, to everyone who participated for helping us to Do The Most Good in Northwest Arkansas! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the event, meet our 2016 champions, and thank the sponsors that helped make it happen!

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Drumrolllllll, please!! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the tournament- this year’s champions: Lindsey Management!!

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Lindsey Management: 2016 CHAMPIONS!

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Many teams competed for the honor of being the 2016 Putting Competition Champions (and owner of a brand new SEGWAY Mini Pro!!), but only one was victorious! Congratulations to Tarek Taha with the Fellowship Fayetteville Team!!

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Some additional contributors include: Gary Howard, Mike Lyman, Upchurch Electrical, Tom McDonald, and Eric McGee. And we want to give a special thanks to our Food and Hole Sponsors- we truly could not have done it without them!

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And a big thank you to all the teams that came out and participated. Mark your calendars for 2017– we will see ya next year!!


To learn more about the Advisory Board at The Salvation Army and get information on joining, check out our webpage!

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Free Haircuts for Doing Good

September 8, 2016

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Mrs. Joann is a beautiful lady with lots of spunk and plenty of love for her neighbors in South Fayetteville. She is the owner of Joann’s Barber Shop, and she has chosen to give back in a unique way to this community.

She gives free haircuts to the men going through our addiction recovery program!

She encourages them to keep doing good in their lives- that’s all the payment she needs for her hair-cutting services.

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“If everyone would choose to be kind, there’d be a lot more good in the world”, says Mrs. Joann.

And she is choosing to make good with her gifts! Each and every guy going through our 6 month alcohol and drug recovery program is able to walk over to her shop anytime for a free cut. Mrs. Joann attended Barber School in Oklahoma City when she was 17 years old and has been cutting hair ever since!

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Gary met Mrs. Joann for the first time when he walked over from the shelter to get his haircut. After getting his cut, he asked her how much he owed. “Nothing for you was her answer”, says Gary. “She just wanted me to keep doing good in the program.”

A big thanks to Mrs. Joanna for using her gift to make a difference!! You can visit her and her beautician Adam on S School in Fayetteville for an awesome haircut and a friendly hello!

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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

Opportunity

February 1, 2016

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What are the first words that come to your mind when I say “thrift store”? Do any of these make the list: discounts, charity, used, donations, college house furnishings, white elephant gift?

What if I told you that the word I think of is opportunity? That may come as a surprise to you, but to us, the thrift stores offer a world of possibility. At The Salvation Army, our thrift stores, also known as “Family Stores”, provide us with incredible opportunities in our community.

  1. They are a major source of funding for our free Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Program.
  2. They provide employment for individuals and families in need of work.
  3. They enable low-income families to own needed things like couches, tables, clothing, beds, and dishes that might not otherwise be affordable.
  4. We give out store vouchers to people in need. That means they get to shop for free!!

These are all incredible ways that we are able to serve NW Arkansas through your donations at our stores. But I don’t just want to give you the facts; I would like to tell you a story.

That story is Ivan.
He is a kind, dynamic, fun-loving, hard-working employee at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. He greets everyone with a smile and “Hello!” and makes you feel like a million bucks!! Not a day goes by without Ivan’s cheerful heart and lovable spirit brightening the day of our customers.

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But this hasn’t always been Ivan’s story.
Let him share with you how his life has been transformed from the darkness of addiction to the light of life and forgiveness through Jesus with the help of The Salvation Army.

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“I had just recently been out of jail. I was homeless, cause I was a bad alcoholic. And I somehow found my way over to the Springdale Thrift Store thinking it was the shelter. They referred me over here to the shelter in Fayetteville.

They made sure I sobered up so that I could start staying in the shelter, and they helped me get everything I needed to get into the [Alcohol and Addiction Recovery] Program.

I had lost everything. I didn’t have anywhere to go.
I didn’t have a penny to my name. Literally, I had spent all my money drinking. I gave away everything I owned for booze, [and soon] I was out on the streets homeless. I had been in and out of recovery programs before, but this time, they were so good to me I couldn’t leave.

I was home. And I am too old to not be having a home. For once in my life, it stuck, and I graduated from the program in October of 2013.

I was blessed and got hired by them right when I got out. It was a cashier job [at the Fayetteville Thrift Store]. I’ve been here ever since!”

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“Now, I have my own apartment. And I bought everything in my apartment, except for my microwave, at The Salvation Army Store. I mean, living room, bedroom, kitchen, it’s all Salvation Army stuff. I’ve spent all my money back here. And I was able to pay for it all because of my job here. My microwave would have been from here too but my old one went out on the weekend when we were closed, so I went out and bought an emergency one!

They’ve been really good to me. They are a family to me. I don’t know why or how, but I have been fortunate that way. It’s been a blessing.

I lost a lot; I was way out there. But now, I’ve gained a lot back.

My daughter is even getting ready to come visit me. But it has all been because of The Salvation Army. I give everything I have, 100% for The Salvation Army. I love it here!”

Is the word Opportunity fitting to describe our stores?
“Oh yah, for sure! We do a lot of community vouchers for the homeless. A family came in the other day with one. Their daughter pointed at something and was like, ‘Can I really get that? Can I really?’ It was a coat that she needed. And it was free for them. Sometimes I will go tell my boss, ‘That last voucher, it really hit my heart. It felt good to do that.’ And to know that I was in that boat too, but now by the grace of God, I’m not. It’s a good feeling.”

I love the thrift store! Can you tell!?
Now I get to be a part of giving back to the community!

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What would you say to the community about The Salvation Army?
Contribute as much as you can. Everything that comes in here goes back to the community to help the hungry and the homeless. I leave here feeling so blessed, but I mean, I was there.

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Now isn’t that a story worth telling and celebrating?!
We have the privilege of meeting the Ivan’s of our community everyday. Men and women who have hit hard times and simply need someone to walk alongside them and give them a hand up. Please consider donating to our stores: it is truly changing lives. You can also donate online to The Salvation Army of NW Arkansas here.

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Family Store Fun Facts:
• .86 cents of every dollar made in the stores goes directly towards our programs
• We have 4 stores in NWA: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Siloam Springs
• Last week, we got in 60 year-old vintage board game classics (Clue, Life, Monopoly) valued at $100 each on Ebay!

Thrift Store Locations
1645 S. West Ave. Fayetteville
329 Holcomb St Springdale
2223 W. Walnut St. Rogers
1971 Hwy. 421 E Siloam Springs