Gifts That Count

The holidays are upon us. Do you have people on your list who are impossible to buy for or have everything they could want or need? Here’s a way to give a gift that both the person on your list and the person who benefits will appreciate.

This list is a compilation of Arkansas nonprofits that provide a breadth of services – from care for people in need to experiences for people seeking adventure. Whatever your intended’s passion, you can give a contribution in his or her name to make a real, positive difference in your community. It’s unexpected, always needed and the true meaning of giving.

Don’t see your project in this list? E-mail kdreep@hotmail.com, and we’ll update throughout the season.

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The mission of ALS in Wonderland Foundation is to create awareness, education and provide funding directly for the benefit of patients with ALS (PALS) in the state of Arkansas.

You can provide eight (8) hours of caregiving for $80.00 for an ALS patient in Arkansas.

Donate at www.alsinwonderland.com/donate

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Arkansas Craft School

The Arkansas Craft School (ACS) is a 501 © 3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and instruction of crafts indigenous to the Arkansas Ozarks. Incorporated in 2007 with the first classes held in 2009, ACS was developed in partnership with Ozarka College and its Mountain View campus as well as Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and offers continuing education credits for classes attended. ACS’s instructors are from Stone County as well as throughout the United States, and all are master crafts people, some with international acclaim. Classes are small to allow for individualized instruction.

Located at 110 East Main Street in Mountain View, ACS classes are mostly on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday or Saturday and Sunday), which accommodates students from out-of-town. Evening and weekday classes also are available.

ACS promotes a vibrant, creative community that inspires a life-affirming appreciation of and support for the arts. Although its history envelops the crafts of the Ozark Mountains, ACS has expanded into other creative crafts such as “found objects” art and photography. ACS exposes students to new skills, opportunities and friends through its classes, attracts visitors to Mountain View, Stone County, and northcentral and northeast Arkansas, which creates an economic impact for these areas through tourism, and it has limitless potential for classes and other instruction.

Give an experience to a burgeoning artist or artisan. Classes begin again in 2017, and for a list of offerings and how to register, visit http://www.arkansascraftschool.org/classes.html.

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Blue Door Sponsorship was founded four years ago by a 14-year-old woman with a calling. The program funds two schools in Kenya, Africa with about 350 children and 50 staff members. Blue Door’s main focus is child sponsorship, but it also sends money for teacher salaries, food, housing and rent costs for the school. Right now, Blue Door is expanding its school and giving around 60 new children the opportunity of hope that an education brings.

Here are a few of the most pressing needs at the moment:

  1. Bunk Beds: $102 (includes the metal bunk bed, two mattresses and two blankets). Blue Door needs about 80 bunk beds.

– Metal Bunk Bed $50

– One Mattress $20

– One Blanket    $6

  1. Textbooks in every subject for an elementary student: $40
  2. Notebooks, pencils, etc. for an elementary student: $10
  3. Uniform: $40 (includes shoes, socks, shirt, tie dress/shorts) Blue Door needs around 55 uniforms for January
  4. Monthly Child Sponsorship: $40 per month of a high school student.

To purchase any of the following items:

  1. Go to www. bluedoorsponsorship.com
  2. Under the “Donate” tab please make a one-time donation and specify in the notes what items you wish to buy with your donation.

To Sponsor a Child:

  1. Click the “Sponsor a Child” tab and all of the children looking for sponsors will be available.
  2. Send an email with the child you choose, and you will be sent an email with steps to sign up.

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Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas

For one child to attend afterschool care at a Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas, it costs $60 a year. That provides him or her with healthy snacks, mentors, help with school subjects, sports, crafts and a host of other positive experiences in a safe and caring space.

To provide a year’s membership for a child at a club in central Arkansas or to contribute for another need, visit http://www.arclubs.org/wishlist.aspx.

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Discovery Flight at Henderson State University

Henderson State University’s Department of Aviation is the only four-year aviation program in the state. Give someone their dream of flying by purchasing A Discovery Flight. Cost is $98, which covers fuel and maintenance, and the flight lasts about 45 minutes. To purchase or for more information, call 870-230-5585.

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ReddieUP Art Bundle Project

Henderson State University’s art students are always in need of supplies. For $150, you can provide enough supplies for one student for one semester.

Watch about the project here https://youtu.be/6BCbbwXMaQc then contribute at his.edu/give and note that the donation is for art supplies.

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Lymphomaniac Society

Cancer presents many physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Studies show respite trips can help survivors through these challenges. A donation to the Lymphomaniac Society helps provide much-needed respite trips to cancer survivors and their caregiver.

A trip, including travel, hotel, and meals, costs $1500. A donation in any amount goes a long way in helping the Lymphomaniac Society provide these trips. For example, a $50 donation can provide one meal for two, or a $250 donation can provide a two-night hotel stay.

Donations can be made online at www.lymphomaniac.org. A donation may be made in honor of, or in memory of a loved one.

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North Little Rock Community Farm

The North Little Rock Community Farm is a unique blend of school farm and community garden founded and managed by the EAST Initiative students of the North Little Rock Middle School’s Campus. Our mission is to create a welcoming hands-on learning and sharing environment for students and community members, while providing access to fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs throughout the city of North Little Rock. To achieve this, we are working with the school district, the city and local nonprofits to develop a weekly produce distribution program for the school districts 454 homeless students, while at the same time supporting a mobile farmer’s market providing organic food sources in Pulaski County food deserts.

This student-run farm holds weekly work days and allows opportunities for all students within the school a chance to volunteer to help care for the farm, the animals and their crops.

To contribute, make checks payable to NLRCF, attn: KJ Kite NLR Middle School, 2400 Lakeview Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72116. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt and a letter of appreciation. You can follow the progress of this amazing student farm on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NLRCommunityFarm/.

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Partners Against Trafficking Humans (P.A.T.H.)

Partners Against Trafficking Humans advocates for individuals victimized by sex-trafficking through a variety of community services with a focus on providing a safe environment for rescued victims/survivors of sex-trafficking, sexual assault and prostitution, to help women heal in a Christ-centered program of restoration and community reintegration, and offer hope for healing, personal growth and future success.

PATH provides community awareness, education, Victim Services Training and Outreach services as well as working closely with legislators to assure survivors receive the care and services they deserve in Arkansas and in other states.

To help someone gain and maintain their freedom, contribute online at https://path.kindful.com/?campaign=229769.

A Watershed Christmas

Founded in 1978, the Watershed meets the needs of the struggling families in Little Rock, Pulaski County, and greater Arkansas. Founder, Reverend Hezekiah Stewart has served as the Executive Director of “the World’s First Social Hospital” for more than
35 years. The philosophy of the agency and its many programs exemplify an unyielding commitment to educate, inform, and provide resources to the public. Many government officials, international executives, humanitarians, and politicians have applauded Reverend Stewart’s contributions. His level of dedication to the Watershed has afforded him recognition from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
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Power 92.3 FM, the Legendary KOKY 102.1 FM, and Praise 102.5 FM will broadcast live at the Watershed Headquarters, 3701 Springer Blvd on December 21-23, 2016. The Watershed, known as the “The World’s First Social Hospital” is preparing to assist families in need for Christmas. Three Cumulus radio stations team up for this annual event which has been going strong for more than 23 years. Donations of toys, new or gently used clothing, non-perishable food items, and monetary contributions pour in from corporate sponsors, elected leaders, civic organizations, social clubs, and ordinary residents all concerned about helping those less fortunate. Many individuals and groups also show their support by volunteering to help organize the items received.

The broadcast schedule for Wednesday-Friday, December 21-23, 2016 will be:

  • Power 92.3 FM 6 AM – 9 AM
  • KOKY 102.1 FM 9 AM – 2 PM
  • PRAISE 102.5 FM 2 PM – 6 PM

For more information on the live broadcast for Watershed Christmas, contact Idris Turner at: 501-401-0321 or email Idris.Turner@cumulus.com. For information on the Watershed and its services, call the Watershed Headquarters at 501-378-0176.

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Wreaths Across America

In 2014, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers laid over 700,000 memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, including ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, as well as Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites if the September 11 tragedies. This was accomplished with help from 2,047 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands. The organization’s goal of covering Arlington National Cemetery was met in 2014 with the placement of 226,525 wreaths.

The wreath-laying is still held annually, on the second or third Saturday of December. WAA’s annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become known as the world’s largest veterans’ parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.

Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry, which offer invaluable support to WAA’s mission to remember the men and women who served our country, honor our military and their families, and teach our children about our freedom and those who protect it. There are many ways you can help—learn more about how you can get involved. To sponsor a wreath at your local cemetery, visit https://wreaths.fastport.com/.

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