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NLRSD receives $19,500 in art supplies from Caterpillar Foundation & Thea's Art Closet

NLRSD receives $19,500 in art supplies from Caterpillar Foundation & Thea's Art Closet

As the 2014 spring semester approaches for the North Little Rock School District, Thea’s Art Closet, a program of the Thea Foundation, with the help of the Caterpillar Foundation has been making big plans for the district’s 13 elementary schools.  Thea’s Art Closet has matched the generous grant of $7,500 from the Caterpillar Foundation for a combined gift of $19,500, $1,500 per school, in the form of art supplies to the following NLRSD elementary schools:  Amboy, Boone Park, Crestwood, Glenview, Indian Hills, Lakewood, Lynch Drive, Meadow Park, North Heights, Park Hill, Pike View, Redwood Early Childhood, and Seventh Street.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pulaski County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pulaski County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pulaski County:

ACH Patient/Artist-in-Residence Show & Sale at Thea

ACH Patient/Artist-in-Residence Show & Sale at Thea

Join the Thea Foundation as Arkansas Children’s Hospital presents works of art by its patients and artists-in-residence from December 16 to 20, culminating with an art sale of works by ACH patients on Friday, December 20, in conjunction with the Argenta ArtWalk, 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Maumelle Methodist group adopts a veteran for the holidays

Maumelle Methodist group adopts a veteran for the holidays

MAUMELLE, Ark. (FUMCM) -  The men of First United Methodist Church in Maumelle are heading an effort to take Christmas gifts to the “forgotten veterans” at Fort Roots Veterans Administration Hospital in North Little Rock. Several hundred vets will be surprised with gifts this year, including a visit from Santa.  The hospital is a treatment center for neuropsychiatric disorders.

“For many of the vets at Fort Roots, their only Christmas gift will be the ones we give them,” said Mike Tognetti of Maumelle, who is involved with the effort.  

“People can help us by donating items to go in the gift bags such as lap blankets, pajamas, warm ups, socks, underwear, candy and snacks. We do ask that all the items be new. Each gift bag will also include a hand-written note thanking the vets for their service and the sacrifices they have made for our country,” Tognetti said.

Union Rescue Mission 'Feeding the Multitudes' with Thanksgiving program

Union Rescue Mission 'Feeding the Multitudes' with Thanksgiving program

Little Rock, AR (Union Rescue Mission)-  The Union Rescue Mission plans to distribute approximately 850 Thanksgiving food boxes to low- income families in Central Arkansas on Tuesday, November 26th. 

Families will be referred to the Union Rescue Mission by local schools in the Little Rock area. The last day for families to sign up for food boxes will be Friday, November 15, 2013.  There is enough food in each box to feed a family of four, and families with more than four members will receive more than one box.

The Feeding the Multitude Food Drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission.  Local churches, schools, and civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting.  More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission at 1650 East Washington, Saturday, November 23 to help pack the food boxes.

(Source: Union Rescue Mission)

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Home Instead Senior Care) - This season, holiday shoppers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Cabot and Searcy can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior  program.

The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.

An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone. 

Special Olympics Arkansas exceeds $57,000 in donations

Special Olympics Arkansas exceeds $57,000 in donations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Special Olympics Arkansas) – More than 400 supporters attended the annual Special Olympics Arkansas Charity Olive Hour event at Next Level Events on Oct. 24, which raised more than $57,000. The proceeds will be used to increase the number of athletes participating in Special Olympics Arkansas and support additional programming such as Healthy Athletes and Young Athletes.

“We are so grateful to the many volunteers and attendees that made this year’s Charity Olive Hour such a huge success,” said Terri Weir, executive director and chief executive officer for Special Olympics Arkansas. “This event, along with the support of many other individuals and businesses, allows Special Olympics Arkansas to be one of the only states in the nation to provide training, equipment and competition to more than 14,000 athletes free of charge.”